The Resilient Parenting for Bereaved Families Program is designed to promote effective parenting and teach useful coping skills following the death of a parent or caregiver.
The RPBF, designated effective in the Child Trends What Works databank, is designed to promote resilient outcomes of parentally-bereaved youth, with components for caregivers and children (ages 8-16). FPB targets positive parenting practices, caregiver mental health, and youth exposure to negative events. Youth components target relationship quality, positive coping, negative esteem and threat appraisals, adaptive control beliefs, and adaptive emotional expression. The programs consist of 12 two-hour group sessions, with four sessions of conjoint activities for caregivers and youth. The caregiver program includes two 1-hour individual sessions tailored to family needs. RCT data indicate that for families experiencing the violent or sudden death of a parent, the FBP led to improvements in positive parenting, reductions in trauma symptoms in children, and decreased caregiver mental health problems with effects lasting up to 6 years.
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