Developing a framework for a family-focused preventive intervention using the Delphi method


  • Tim C.E. Engels University of Antwerp
  • Caroline Andries Vrije Universiteit Brussel


family-focused preventive intervention, parenting adolescents, Delphi studies, cultural adaptation


This paper reports on the use of the Delphi method to develop a framework for a family-focused preventive intervention. 65 knowledgeable individuals from diverse backgrounds discussed the topics and techniques of family-focused intervention, the definition of its target population, appropriate recruitment and implementation strategies, and the profile of the group leaders during the four rounds of the study. The findings illustrate the acceptability of family-focused preventive interventions in Belgian social work provided that they are culturally appropriate. The study also made a number of suggestions to support the implementation of family-focused interventions in practice. The Delphi method serves as a useful guide for the design and implementation of innovative and socio-culturally relevant interventions.

Author Biographies

Tim C.E. Engels, University of Antwerp

University of Antwerp, Department of Research and Antwerp Maritime Academy, Antwerp, Belgium.

Caroline Andries, Vrije Universiteit Brussel

Department of Developmental and Lifespan Psychology, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), Brussels, Belgium.