Multiple Family Groups: An Alternative for Reducing Disruptive Behavioral Difficulties of Urban Children

Mary M. McKay, Jude Gonzales, Elena Quintana, Lisa Kim, Jaleel Abdul-Adil

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Abstract

Objective: This article presents an evaluation of a multiple family group intervention (MFG) designed to meet the mental health needs of low-income minority children and families. Method: Children participating in the MFG are compared with children demographically and clinically similar who received individual or family therapy services at an urban mental health center. Results: Of the children referred for MFG, 59% were still in service by the 16th group meeting. Of the children assigned to individual or family therapy, only 39% were in service after 16 weeks. Data from the subsamples that attended 16 weeks of MFG or therapy sessions were analyzed, and significant decreases in total disruptive behavior, conduct problems, learning difficulties, hyperactivity, and impulsivity were associated with MFG participation. Conclusion: Follow-up interviews revealed that 70% of MFG parents noted child improvements, in comparison to 54% of parents whose children received individual family therapy.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)593-607
Number of pages15
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Volume9
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1999
Externally publishedYes

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