A non-experimental pilot study examined child, mother and family outcomes of a 10-session multi-family group intervention designed to reduce risk and promote resilience for mothers with depression and their families.
Positive changes following the Keeping Families Strong intervention included:
- mother-reported decreases in child behaviour and emotional problems
- mother-reported improvements in the quality of family interactions and routine
- mother-reported improvements in their own well-being and support from others
- children (9–16 years) reported decreased internalizing symptoms
- children reported improved coping
- children reported increased maternal warmth and acceptance and decreased stressful family events
- attendance and mother-reported satisfaction were high, indicating the perceived value of the intervention
Valdez, C. R., Mills, C. L., Barrueco, S., Leis, J. and Riley, A. W. (2011), A pilot study of a family-focused intervention for children and families affected by maternal depression. Journal of Family Therapy, 33, 3–19.