The literature indicates that the majority of human services providers have received little or no training that would prepare them to address the complexities inherent in families. The training program in family systems which is the focus of this study was designed to provide case managers and other professionals from local agencies with an introductory overview of a family systems approach. It addressed basic perceptual, conceptual and executive skills, as well as structural family concepts. The program consisted of eight two-hour sessions, and it made use of short lectures, discussions, videotapes, and various experiential activities such as role plays. The changes experienced by the participants as a result of the program were evaluated by comparing: (1) their performance as post-test to pre-test, and (2) their performance with that of 15 control subjects who completed the same evaluation instruments at the end of training.
The evaluation consisted of: (1) the Family Therapy Assessment Exercise, which was administered at pre-test to the participants, and at post-test to both groups, (2) the Participants' Questionnaire, which was completed by both groups and assessed demographic variables, (3) the Knowledge Questionnaire, which assessed knowledge of family systems concepts, and was completed by both groups, and (4) the Session Evaluation Forms, which were completed by the participants at the end of each session.
At post-test the participants performed significantly better in the FTAE as compared to the control subjects. In addition, the participants scored significantly higher in the FTAE at post-test as compared to pre-test. In the Knowledge Questionnaire, the participants scored significantly higher than the control subjects. There was a significant correlation between the number of sessions attended by the participants and their score on the Knowledge Questionnaire. The results indicate that this program was effective in increasing the subjects' knowledge of family systems concepts. Suggestions are made regarding the development, application, and evaluation of similar programs.
|School:||Indiana University of Pennsylvania|
|School Location:||United States -- Pennsylvania|
|Source:||DAI-B 49/04, Dissertation Abstracts International|
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