Evaluation of home-based Family Foundations targeting perinatal mental health and couple conflict in Australia

Rebecca Giallo, Monique Seymour, Lorraine Skinner, Alison Fogarty, Karen Field, Jemma Mead, Helen Rimington, Kate Galea, Tom Talevski, Claire Ruthven, Stephanie Brown, Mark Feinberg

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Abstract

Objectives: A formative evaluation of a home-based family intervention, Family Foundations (FF), targeting parent mental health and conflict in the perinatal period was conducted. The aims were to (a) assess parent satisfaction and recommendations for improvement, (b) identify perceived enablers and barriers to engagement, and (c) obtain preliminary outcome data related to parent mental health, conflict, and coparenting. Methods: A mixed-methods evaluation was conducted with 41 families at risk of or experiencing parental conflict. FF was delivered by two organizations in Australia. Qualitative interviews with parents and FF clinicians were conducted, and intervention outcomes were assessed using parent survey. Results: Feasibility of reach and recruitment of the target population was demonstrated. Parents' indicated a high level of satisfaction with all aspects of FF and offered recommendations for improvements to resources and delivery. Service, program, clinician, and family characteristics as enablers and barriers to engagement in FF were identified. Both mothers and partners reported a decrease in their child's exposure to conflict. Mothers also reported a decrease in mental health symptoms and parenting hostility and an increase in positive coparenting behavior. Conclusion: Feasibility and acceptability of home-based FF in the perinatal period had been established, with preliminary evidence of positive outcomes for families. Implications: The current findings generate evidence to inform further development of home-based FF and wider implementation in health and social care services in Australia.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1036-1057
Number of pages22
JournalFamily Relations
Volume71
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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