Intensive family preservation services in Flanders: An outcome study

Hubert Van Puyenbroeck*, Gerrit Loots, Hans Grietens, Wolfgang Jacquet, Johan Vanderfaeillie, Valentin Escudero

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Set up as a one-group pre-test-post-test follow-up design, this study examines the outcomes of intensive family preservation services (IFPS) in Flanders addressing the following research questions: Does IFPS make a significant difference concerning (1) the interaction between parent and child? (2) social support as experienced by the parent? (3) stress and empowerment of the parent? and (4) the strengths and difficulties of the minor? Families seem to indicate that their family situation is more manageable, although still, professional help is needed. Parents feel more resilient about the situation and indicate that they can get along with their child better than before the crisis intervention. Parents still feel uncertain about the future and about their role as a parent. There seems to be no indications that their level and quality of social contacts have changed. Further research is suggested to provide more in-depth information about the conditions associated with processes of change during an IFPS intervention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-232
Number of pages11
JournalChild & family social work
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May-2009


  • evaluation studies (of family interventions)
  • evidence-based practice
  • family support
  • outcomes in child welfare intervention

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