A project to assist Family Action’s Building Bridges practitioners with the use of the Index of Family Relations as an outcome measurement (Final Report).

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Harden, A., Lloyd-Reichling, E., Mcdermott, M., Potter, Sylvia and Sayeed, Zahirun 2009. A project to assist Family Action’s Building Bridges practitioners with the use of the Index of Family Relations as an outcome measurement (Final Report). Family Action, Institute of Health and Human Development and CASS School of Education, University of East London.
AuthorsHarden, A., Lloyd-Reichling, E., Mcdermott, M., Potter, Sylvia and Sayeed, Zahirun
TypeProject report
Abstract

This report describes the methods and findings of a partnership project between Family Action
practitioners and managers, and a research team led by Angela Harden and Eva Lloyd of the
University of East London. Since 1999, Family Action has been providing services in a number of
locations across England under the Building Bridges name, working with families affected by
parental mental health problems and other complex needs. Since 2004, Building Bridges projects
have been using four separate validated psychometric tools to measure family functioning,
parental satisfaction, self‐esteem and depression in order to evaluate the impact of its services
on outcomes for parents and their children: the Index of Family Relations (IFR); the Kansas
Parental Satisfaction Scale; the Rosenberg Self‐Esteem Scale; and the Depression Rating Scale.
Some years ago, the Building Bridges service model was independently evaluated (Morris, 2007).
In the light of Family Action’s commitment to ongoing monitoring and evaluation of its work, a
decision was taken to build on the findings of the 2007 evaluation. The focus selected for further
research was an important cultural issue identified by Morris (2007: 25) regarding the
appropriateness of the Index of Family Relations for black and minority ethnic (BME)
communities, in particular Bangladeshi and Somali families. With support from DCSF’s Parenting
Fund, Family Action commissioned a team of researchers from the University of East London to
evaluate the utility of the IFR for continued use as an outcome measure to evaluate its work.

Keywordsparental satisfaction; depression; family functioning; self‐esteem; children; family assessment
Year2009
PublisherFamily Action, Institute of Health and Human Development and CASS School of Education, University of East London
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10552/847
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Print2009
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Deposited08 Jul 2010
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Harden, A.; Lloyd, E.; McDermott, M.; Potter, S.; Sayeed, Z. (2009) A project to assist Family Action’s Building Bridges practitioners with the use of the Index of Family Relations as an outcome measurement (Final Report). Family Action, Institute of Health and Human Development and CASS School of Education, University of East London..

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