Publication type: Doctoral thesis
Title: Coaching families with multiple problems : care activities and outcomes of the flexible family support programme Ten for the Future
Authors: Tausendfreund, Tim
Advisors / Reviewers: Knorth, Erik J.
Grietens, Hans
Knot-Dickscheit, Jana
Extent: 164
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher / Ed. Institution: University of Groningen
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Groningen
ISBN: 978-90-367-7648-6
Language: English
Subjects: Families with multiple problems; Evaluation; Cumulative risk; Family coaching; Child and youth coaching; Family support
Subject (DDC): 306.8: Family sociology
362: Health and social services
Abstract: Families who face a multitude of severe and persistent problems in a number of different areas of life are commonly referred to as multi-problem families in Dutch child welfare. Although evidence suggests that short-term crisis interventions can have positive effects on these families, such programmes did not succeed sufficiently up to now in facilitating sustainable change. Alternatively, interventions that offer integrated care over longer periods of time have been developed but evaluation studies hardly are available yet. This research project therefore explored a widely employed long-term family support programme in The Netherlands, called ‘Ten for the Future’ [Tien voor Toekomst]. A longitudinal prospective research design was applied. The project included 122 families over a period of four and a half years. The results show that the intervention "Ten for the Future" is associated with a significant decrease in family stress, especially within the first year of the intervention. Furthermore, families with lower initial family stress levels were found to have a higher chance to end the programme earlier. Child problem behaviour and family functioning show a lower magnitude and a less coherent pattern of change. This might be explained by a main focus of care workers on direct work with the parents, more than with the children. It can be concluded that the long-term care programme has evident potential to decrease family stress. We suggest to develop dual care worker approaches that target not only parents but also offer allocated care for children at the same time.
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Social Work
Organisational Unit: Institute of Childhood, Youth and Family (IKJF)
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