Implementing Interventions with Families in Schools to Increase Youth School Engagement: The Family Check-Up Model

Elizabeth A. Stormshak, Gregory M. Fosco, Thomas J. Dishion

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This study examined outcomes associated with the Family Check-Up (FCU), an adaptive, tailored, family-centered intervention to enhance positive adjustment of middle school youth and prevent problem behavior. The FCU intervention model was delivered to families in 3 public middle schools. The study sample comprised 377 families, and participants were randomly assigned to receive either the intervention or school as usual. Participation in the intervention was relatively high, with 38% of the families receiving the FCU. Participation in the intervention improved youth self-regulation over the 3 years of the study. Self-regulation skills, defined as effortful control, predicted both decreased depression and increased school engagement in high school, with small to medium effect sizes. The results have implications for the delivery of mental health services in schools that specifically target family involvement and parenting skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)82-92
Number of pages11
JournalSchool Mental Health
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 12 2010


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology

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