The family bereavement program: Efficacy evaluation of a theory-based prevention program for parentally bereaved children and adolescents

Irwin Sandler, Tim S. Ayers, Sharlene Wolchik, Jenn-Yun Tein, Oi Man Kwok, Rachel A. Haine, Joan Twohey-Jacobs, Jesse Suter, Kirk Lin, Sarah Padgett-Jones, Janelle L. Weyer, Eloise Cole, Gary Kriege, William Griffin

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This article presents an experimental evaluation of the Family Bereavement Program (FBP), a 2-component group intervention for parentally bereaved children ages 8-16. The program involved separate groups for caregivers, adolescents, and children, which were designed to change potentially modifiable risk and protective factors for bereaved children. The evaluation involved random assignment of 156 families (244 children and adolescents) to the FBP or a self-study condition. Families participated in assessments at pretest, posttest, and 11-month follow-up. Results indicated that the FBP led to improved parenting, coping, and caregiver mental health and to reductions in stressful events at posttest. At follow-up, the FBP led to reduced internalizing and extemalizing problems, but only for girls and those who had higher problem scores at baseline.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)587-600
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2003


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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