Results of a Pragmatic Effectiveness–Implementation Hybrid Trial of the Family Check-Up in Community Mental Health Agencies

Justin D. Smith*, Elizabeth A. Stormshak, Katherine Kavanagh

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This study reports the results of a pragmatic effectiveness–implementation hybrid trial of the Family Check-Up (FCU) conducted in three community mental health agencies with 40 participating therapists. Seventy-one families with children between 5 and 17 years of age participated. Intervention fidelity and level of adoption were acceptable; families reported high service satisfaction; and therapists reported high acceptability. Families in the FCU condition experienced significantly reduced youth conduct problems in comparison to usual care and completion of the FCU resulted in larger effects. This study provides promising evidence that implementing the FCU in community mental health agencies has the potential to improve youth behavior outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)265-278
Number of pages14
JournalAdministration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research
Issue number3
StatePublished - May 1 2015



  • Community mental health
  • Effectiveness
  • Family Check-Up
  • Implementation pragmatic trial

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Health Policy
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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