Description: The family functioning and child well-being evaluation assesses the effectiveness of START to produce positive changes in overall family functioning and child well-being. The anticipated outcomes relate to:
- Protective factors – family functioning and resiliency; concrete support; social support; knowledge of parenting and child development; nurturing and attachment;
- Parenting – expectations of children; parental empathy towards children’s needs; use of corporal punishment; parent-child family roles; children’s power and independence;
- Child behavior – emotional symptoms; conduct problems; hyperactivity/inattention; peer relationship problems; prosocial behavior; and,
- Access to services – behavioral health service utilization, common travel for services access.
Family Functioning & Child Well-being Goals:
- Improve capacity of parents affected by substance abuse to care for their children
- Maintain children safely with their parents when possible
- Enhance child developmental and emotional well-being
- Promote stronger, healthier attachment between children and parents
Data Sources: Pre-post surveys with 100 parents receiving the intervention. The survey will include information on child behaviors (e.g., how they communicate, internalizing and externalizing behaviors), parent-child attachment and bonding, and parenting sense of competence.