Evaluating a multiple-family group access intervention for refugees with PTSD

J Marital Fam Ther. 2008 Apr;34(2):149-64. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2008.00061.x.


The purpose of this study was to analyze the effects of a multiple-family group in increasing access to mental health services for refugees with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). This study investigated a nine-session multiple-family group called Coffee and Families Education and Support with refugee families from Bosnia-Herzegovina in Chicago. Adults with PTSD (n = 197) and their families were randomly assigned to receive either the intervention or a control condition. The results indicated that a multiple-family group was effective in increasing access to mental health services and that depression and family comfort with discussing trauma mediated the intervention effect. Further well-designed studies of family interventions are needed for developing evidence-based interventions for refugee families.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina / ethnology
  • Chicago / epidemiology
  • Community Mental Health Services / organization & administration*
  • Counseling / organization & administration*
  • Family Therapy / organization & administration*
  • Female
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Outcome Assessment, Health Care
  • Psychotherapy, Group / organization & administration*
  • Refugees / psychology*
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / ethnology
  • Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic / therapy*
  • Treatment Outcome