A collaboratively designed child mental health service model: Multiple family groups for urban children with conduct difficultiesedit
This article presents preliminary outcomes associated with an experimental, longitudinal study of a Multiple Family Group (MFG) service delivery approach set within 13 urban outpatient clinics serving children and their families living in inner-city, primarily African American and Latino communities. Specifically, this article focuses on parent reports of child oppositional behavior and parenting stress over time. The MFG is a flexible, protocol-driven approach designed to address the most common reason for referral to outpatient child mental health clinics, childhood behavioral difficulties. The MFG also aims to enhance family-level engagement and retention in ongoing care. Further, the service delivery model was collaboratively developed with intensive input from parents rearing children with conduct difficulties, parent advocates, community-based child mental health providers, and services research staff in order to ultimately expand the number of effective service models that can be situated within “real world,” urban child mental health settings.