Family Relationship clinical trials at UC Health
1 research study open to eligible people
Helping Families Pilot of a Family Resilience Program for Families Experiencing Homelessness and Parental Substance Use
open to eligible people ages 8 years and up
The goal of this study is to pilot an adapted family resilience program among families with a recent history of homelessness and parental substance use disorders in Los Angeles County and to assess for feasibility and acceptability. The investigators have adapted a family resilience program called Families Overcoming Under Stress (FOCUS), a trauma-informed intervention designed for families experiencing trauma, for families experiencing homelessness and parental substance use disorders. Our primary hypothesis is that the adapted family resilience program will be feasible and acceptable to families with a recent history of homelessness and parental substance use disorder. Families that are eligible to participate in the study will be assigned randomly to one of two groups, 1) adapted family resilience intervention group; 2) treatment as usual group. For the intervention group, the program consists of around 8 sessions lasting up to one hour each. The program provides psychoeducation and teaches resilience skills including communication, problem solving, goal setting, and how to deal with stress. For the families assigned to the treatment as usual group, they will continue to receive case management services from their residential facilities. Families in both groups will be asked to fill out 3 surveys (one at the beginning of the program, one at the end of the program, and at 6 months follow-up). Some families in the intervention group may also be asked to participate in a hour long interview after the completion of the program for feedback on the program.