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Family-Centered Preventive Intervention for Military Families: Implications for Implementation Science

Children's Hospital Boston, Harvard Medical School, 21 Autumn Street, Suite 130.2, Boston, MA 02215, USA.
Prevention Science (Impact Factor: 2.63). 07/2011; 12(4):339-48. DOI: 10.1007/s11121-011-0234-5
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ABSTRACT In this paper, we report on the development and dissemination of a preventive intervention, Families OverComing Under Stress (FOCUS), an eight-session family-centered intervention for families facing the impact of wartime deployments. Specific attention is given to the challenges of rapidly deploying a prevention program across diverse sites, as well as to key elements of implementation success. FOCUS, developed by a UCLA-Harvard team, was disseminated through a large-scale demonstration project funded by the United States Bureau of Navy Medicine and Surgery (BUMED) beginning in 2008 at 7 installations and expanding to 14 installations by 2010. Data are presented to describe the range of services offered, as well as initial intervention outcomes. It proved possible to develop the intervention rapidly and to deploy it consistently and effectively.

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