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Family Coaching as a delivery modality for evidence-based prevention programs.

Authors
  • Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane1
  • Swendeman, Dallas1
  • Rotheram-Fuller, Erin2
  • Youssef, Maryann K1
  • 1 1 Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Semel Institute, University of California, Los Angeles, USA.
  • 2 2 Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College, Arizona State University, USA.
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical child psychology and psychiatry
Publication Date
Jan 01, 2018
Volume
23
Issue
1
Pages
96–109
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1177/1359104517721958
PMID: 28849666
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Family Coaching is proposed as a new delivery format for evidence-based prevention programs (EBPPs). Three recent developments in health promotion support the potential efficacy of Family Coaching: (1) renewed interest in integrated prevention programs for multiple risk factors and behavior changes, (2) broad and long-term impacts of family-based interventions, and (3) popular acceptance of "coaching" as a nonstigmatizing, goal-focused intervention strategy. Family coaches are community members and paraprofessionals trained in common elements of EBPP. Family Coaching has specific goals, is short term, and has definable outcomes. Coaches frame the program's goals to be consistent with the family's values, normalize the family's experience, assess their strengths, and help the family set goals and develop skills and routines to problem solve challenging situations. Broad dissemination of EBPP will be facilitated with delivery formats that are flexible to meet families' priorities and providers' desires and capacities to tailor programs to local contexts.

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