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The Family Map was developed and tested with three major sociocultural groups: European Americans, African Americans, and Latinos. It was developed in close collaboration with and modified based on conversations with families, classroom educators, home visitors, administrators, and other staff working with families. The development process included an extensive literature review, the identification and evaluation of existing screening tools/items, and a cyclical process of field testing new items, revising, and repeating field testing.

We have documented this process in publications and continue to research the usefulness of the Family Map.

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Summary of Development of The Family Map

Publications and Presentations

This training was very informative and shed a different light on Family Map! I hope that this training/trainer is used often. The manual is great and will be useful for all purposes!

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“…it has been a great tool so far and helped us a lot to set the direction and guidelines when developing our family service plan.”

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“…We are so excited to implement this tool…”

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“…It has created a culture of openness and trust between our parents and staff. Through the Family Map process parents come to understand that we genuinely care about their family’s overall well-being…”

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“…Initially, several teachers were resistant to using the Family Map, but they changed their minds after they saw how well it helped them to get to know their families better…”

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“…I think it can open a conversation up about what people might need in addition to what they are already doing or what they seem to be missing…”

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“My teacher really showed concern.”

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“I really like how thorough they are…”

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“The teacher showed concern…”

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College of Medicine
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
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Little Rock, AR 72205-7199

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