Testing Family Support and Family Empowerment: Key Finding Across Four Pilots

UMMS Affiliation

Department of Psychiatry, Center for Mental Health Services Research; Center for Health Policy and Research



Document Type


Medical Subject Headings

Disabled Children; Family; Social Support; Pennsylvania


Health Services Research | Mental and Social Health | Psychiatric and Mental Health | Psychiatry | Psychiatry and Psychology


Summary: In 1988 the Pennsylvania Developmental Disabilities Planning Council CDDPC) funded four pilot demonstration family support programs. This report presents the findings of an evaluation of one of the four programs. This section presents an introduction to all four pilots. The remaining sections present the findings of the case study of the family support pilot conducted by the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Philadelphia. Appendices to this report and the other three evaluations are available from the DDPC.

Citation: Ellison, M.L., Freud, E., Blaney, B., Knoll, J., Bersani, H. (1991). Testing family support and family empowerment: Key findings across four pilots. Cambridge, MA: Health Services Research Institute.


At the time of publication, Marsha Langer Ellison was not yet affiliated with the University of Massachusetts Medical School.