Unemployment may be the single most powerful force challenging families in the U.S. today. The objective of the study reported here was to develop, implement, and evaluate a pilot program, BRITE©, for unemployed individuals and their families. Results found that depression and problematic family functioning were significantly reduced from pre- to post-intervention. Follow-up with participants 6 to 9 months later also validated the efficacy of BRITE© and the use of a family systems approach to unemployment. Suggestions for future programming for unemployed families as well as some policy implications are discussed.
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Maitoza, R., & Evans, W. P. (2014). BRITE©: A Program to Promote Resilience Among Unemployed Families. The Journal of Extension, 52(2), Article 15. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol52/iss2/15