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
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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