Evaluation of the Family TIES program

Principal Investigator: Stephen Ellenbogen
Co-Investigators:            N. Trocmé, C. Laurendeau, N. Pare, & R. Calame
Funding Source:              RBC Children’s Services Research & Training Program
Period:                                 2006–2011
Funding Source:              Batshaw Youth and Family Centres
Period:                                 2006-2011


The Family TIES program at Batshaw Youth and Family Centres is a unique family-centered approach to treating problems of youth aggression and family dysfunction. A study to test feasibility and track change in the participants is near completion. The CRCF had committed $10,000 to supporting pilot research; Batshaw provided $10,000 in matching funds, and contributed additional funds as required. Measures were administered to youth and parents both immediately before and a few weeks after the program. The ultimate goal is to identify problems that might threaten the validity of an eventual outcome study, and evaluate whether the youth and parents improve in areas targeted by this intervention. According to youth and parent reports, youth were found to have lower levels of aggression, anger, and other problems at the end of the program, as compared to before. Parents reported lower levels of anger, fewer problems related to supervising their children, and sweeping improvements in family functioning. However, there was considerable attrition from the study. A final report is being prepared.


    For more information, please contact sellenbogen [at] mun.ca (Stephen Ellenbogen)

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