Family Check-Up (FCU)

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About This Program

Target Population: Caregivers of children 2-17 years old in the middle class or lower socioeconomic level

For children/adolescents ages: 2 – 17

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 2 – 17

Brief Description

The FCU model is a family-centered intervention that promotes positive family management and addresses child and adolescent adjustment problems. The intervention does this through reductions in coercive and negative parenting and increases in positive parenting. The FCU has two phases: 1) An initial assessment and feedback; 2) Parent management training (Everyday Parenting) which focuses on positive behavior support, healthy limit setting, and relationship building. The intervention is tailored to address the specific needs of each child and family and can be integrated into many service settings including public schools; the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program; home visiting; primary health care; and community mental health. The FCU is appropriate for families with children from age 2 through 17 and for prevention and treatment needs. As a health promotion and prevention strategy, the FCU can be brief (2 to 3 sessions). As a treatment approach, follow-up sessions and services can range from 3 to 15 direct contact hours. Phase 2 follow-up may also include family counseling, individualized services for parent and children, or other support services.

Program Goals:

The goals of the Family Check-Up (FCU) model are:

  • Improve children’s social and emotional adjustment by providing assessment- driven support for parents to encourage and support positive parenting, and to reduce coercive conflict
  • Reduce young children’s behavior problems at school
  • Reduce young children’s emotional distress
  • Increase young children’s self-regulation and school readiness
  • Improve parent monitoring in adolescence
  • Reduce parent-adolescent conflict
  • Reduce adolescent depression
  • Reduce antisocial behavior and delinquent activity
  • Improve grades and school attendance

Contact Information

Anne Marie Mauricio, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Arizona State University REACH Institute
Phone: (480) 965-7420
Fax: (480) 965-5430

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: September 2017

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2016