Project Cymru

Why is the Strengthening Families Programme only available as part of a trial?

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Why is the Strengthening Families Programme only available as part of a trial?

We want to examine whether the Strengthening Families 10-14 Programme can improve how families function and prevent young people from misusing alcohol, tobacco and drugs. There is some evidence to suggest that SFP might be a successful way to achieve these aims, however for the following reasons the evidence base is not yet strong enough to recommend that the programme becomes available outside of a trial:

Previous research was conducted in America and social, cultural and health care differences make direct comparisons difficult.

Several methodological issues have been raised concerning the previous research which may impact on the programmes predicted efficacy.

The British version of the programme has not yet been evaluated in a trial setting.

The delivery model, where by the programme is delivered to a mixture of families from the general population and families with higher needs, has not been evaluated in a trial setting.

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