Since the development of the Family Check-Up in the 1990’s, there have been many different variations of the model, populations targeted, and community partnerships that served as a context for this research.
In this session, 3 papers will be presented with research findings from the Family Check-Up. Importantly, and following in the footsteps of Tom’s pioneering spirit, each of the investigative teams has adapted and re-tailored the focus of the original FCU to serve a specific population or community target. We will discuss key partnerships with community systems that have facilitated the uptake of the FCU in these settings and a variety of outcomes associated with the FCU across different populations.
The first paper discusses an online adaptation of the FCU -- the FCU online. The paper will review results from the FCU online study, a randomized trial with 300 middle school youth and families. The second paper describes the use of the FCU in pediatric settings in early childhood and early adolescence, as well as ongoing implementations at Family Support Centers, Early Head Start and Head Start serving young children and families. The last paper will discuss the Classroom Check-Up and findings associated with this program, designed to improve teacher performance and classroom behavior derived from the original intervention model of the FCU.
Discussion at the end of the session will focus on the legacy of Tom Dishion and the FCU program of research and future plans for expanding the range of settings and populations that the FCU can serve in the coming years.