Evaluation of home-based Family Foundations targeting perinatal mental health and couple conflict in Australia

Objectives: A formative evaluation of a home-based family intervention, Family Foundations (FF), targeting parent mental health and conflict in the perinatal period was conducted. The aims were to (a) assess parent satisfaction and recommendations for improvement, (b) identify perceived enablers and barriers to engagement, and (c) obtain preliminary outcome data related to parent mental health, conflict, and coparenting. Methods: A mixed-methods evaluation was conducted with 41 families at risk of or experiencing parental conflict. FF was delivered by two organizations in Australia. Qualitative interviews with parents and FF clinicians were conducted, and intervention outcomes were assessed using parent survey. Results: Feasibility of reach and recruitment of the target population was demonstrated. Parents’ indicated a high level of satisfaction with all aspects of FF and offered recommendations for improvements to resources and delivery. Service, program, clinician, and family characteristics as enablers and barriers to engagement in FF were identified. Both mothers and partners reported a decrease in their child’s exposure to conflict. Mothers also reported a decrease in mental health symptoms and parenting hostility and an increase in positive coparenting behavior. Conclusion: Feasibility and acceptability of home-based FF in the perinatal period had been established, with preliminary evidence of positive outcomes for families. Implications: The current findings generate evidence to inform further development of home-based FF and wider implementation in health and social care services in Australia.



Work Title Evaluation of home-based Family Foundations targeting perinatal mental health and couple conflict in Australia
Open Access
  1. Rebecca Giallo
  2. Monique Seymour
  3. Lorraine Skinner
  4. Alison Fogarty
  5. Karen Field
  6. Jemma Mead
  7. Helen Rimington
  8. Kate Galea
  9. Tom Talevski
  10. Claire Ruthven
  11. Stephanie Brown
  12. Mark E. Feinberg
  1. Family Foundations
  2. Intervention
  3. Parent conflict
  4. Parent mental health
  5. Perinatal
License CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 (Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives)
Work Type Article
  1. Family Relations
Publication Date January 21, 2022
Publisher Identifier (DOI)
  1. http://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12647
Deposited August 11, 2022




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  • Added Creator Rebecca Giallo
  • Added Creator Monique Seymour
  • Added Creator Lorraine Skinner
  • Added Creator Alison Fogarty
  • Added Creator Karen Field
  • Added Creator Jemma Mead
  • Added Creator Helen Rimington
  • Added Creator Kate Galea
  • Added Creator Tom Talevski
  • Added Creator Claire Ruthven
  • Added Creator Stephanie Brown
  • Added Creator MARK E FEINBERG
  • Added Giallo et al. Evaluation of Home_based FF 2022.pdf
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    • https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
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  • Updated Keyword, Publisher, Publisher Identifier (DOI), and 1 more Show Changes
    • Family Foundations, intervention, parent conflict, parent mental health, perinatal
    • Family Foundations, Intervention, Parent conflict, Parent mental health, Perinatal
    • Family Relations
    Publisher Identifier (DOI)
    • 10.1111/fare.12647
    • http://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12647
    Publication Date
    • 2021
    • 2022-01-21
  • Renamed Creator Mark E. Feinberg Show Changes
    • Mark E. Feinberg