Generalizability of the nami family-to-family education program: Evidence from an efficacy study

Micaela Mercado, Ashley Ann Fuss, Nanaho Sawano, Alexandra Gensemer, Wendy Brennan, Kinsey McManus, Lisa B. Dixon, Morgan Haselden, Andrew F. Cleek

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Previous studies conducted in Maryland of the Family-to-Family (FTF) education program of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) found that FTF reduced subjective burden and distress and improved empowerment, mental health knowledge, self-care, and family functioning, establishing it as an evidence-based practice. In the study reported here, the FTF program of NAMI-NYC Metro was evaluated. Participants (N583) completed assessments at baseline and at completion of FTF. Participants had improved family empowerment, family functioning, engagement in self-care activities, self-perception of mental health knowledge, and emotional acceptance as a form of coping. Scores for emotional support and positive reframing also improved significantly. Displeasure in caring for the family member, a measure of subjective burden, significantly declined. Despite the lack of a control group and the limited sample size, this study further supports the efficacy of FTF with a diverse urban population.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)591-593
Number of pages3
JournalPsychiatric Services
Volume67
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

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Generalizability of the nami family-to-family education program : Evidence from an efficacy study. / Mercado, Micaela; Fuss, Ashley Ann; Sawano, Nanaho; Gensemer, Alexandra; Brennan, Wendy; McManus, Kinsey; Dixon, Lisa B.; Haselden, Morgan; Cleek, Andrew F.

In: Psychiatric Services, Vol. 67, No. 6, 01.06.2016, p. 591-593.

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Mercado, M, Fuss, AA, Sawano, N, Gensemer, A, Brennan, W, McManus, K, Dixon, LB, Haselden, M & Cleek, AF 2016, 'Generalizability of the nami family-to-family education program: Evidence from an efficacy study', Psychiatric Services, vol. 67, no. 6, pp. 591-593. https://doi.org/10.1176/appi.ps.201500519
Mercado, Micaela ; Fuss, Ashley Ann ; Sawano, Nanaho ; Gensemer, Alexandra ; Brennan, Wendy ; McManus, Kinsey ; Dixon, Lisa B. ; Haselden, Morgan ; Cleek, Andrew F. / Generalizability of the nami family-to-family education program : Evidence from an efficacy study. In: Psychiatric Services. 2016 ; Vol. 67, No. 6. pp. 591-593.
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