HRZZ IP-2014-09-9515


fakultet Sveučilišta u Zagrebu

[ Specifična obilježja

obitelji u riziku: doprinos planiranju

kompleksnih intervencija ]

Project results presented on the 6th EFCAP Congress, June 20-22, 2018 in Venice (Italy)

FamResPlan project team member Anja Mirosavljević participated at the 6th European Association for Forensic Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Congress entitled “Young victims and young offenders: Prevention and intervention within families and institutions”. Congress was held in Venice (Italy), from 20th till 22nd June, 2018.


Click on the  link to see the presentation.

Presentation summary:

Family resilience concept is new, under-researched process that could be of importance for complex family interventions planning. The research problem of this study  was What makes family at risk resilient? Due to recognized main challenges in researching this topic (difficulties in conceptualization and operationalization of the concept of family resilience, ethical issues in family studies, family interview protocol validation and seeing family interview as a specific approach that goes beyond method and often includes intervention) we’ve done a pilot research.

Objectives were to get insight into family perception of their functioning as well as circumstances that contributed to family resilience. The methodological objective of the pilot was to validate the interview protocol and get experience in leading the family interviews.

Semi-structured family interviews were conducted in 2017 with families at risk from the City of Zagreb and the Zagreb County area included in intervention delivered by NGO Ambidekster. The data were analysed using thematic analysis.

The results show that it was very hard to “catch” the family perspective. So, one of the added research questions for the main study is: Does family perspective even exists? In short, families talked about cumulative risks and connect resilience with active strategies of coping with problems and changes. Protective factors were most evident within family members and regarding family functioning.

Researching family (in family with family) is a complex task. Therefore, this paper enables initial clarification of the concept and starting points of the research, but also makes it easier to carry with the uncertainty of the research process, especially when it comes to qualitative approaches. Regarding the fact that we want to explore concepts which are processes with families at risk, family interview must be used as a method and intervention for strengthening families but in addition, new and creative collecting data methods as well as data analysis methods should be developed.

More about the congress is available via this link