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Video home training as a method of supporting family life control


Correspondence to: A. Häggman-Laitila, Project Leader, Mannerheim League for Child Welfare, Kalliopohjantie 1 A 9, FIN-04300 Tuusula, Finland (tel.: +358 40 5866958; e-mail:


• The purpose of this study was to describe video home training as a method of early support in problems of family life control.

• Answers were sought to the following questions: how does a family counsellor use video home training to support families' own resources and family life control, and what are the uses and benefits of video home training from parents' perspective?

• The data consisted of the videotaped counselling sessions and family service plans for five families, and were analysed using the general method of analysing photographs and video material developed by anthropologist-photographers.

• Video home training as a method in supporting family life control consisted of goal-orientated reflection by parents on videotaped episodes of their everyday family life under the guidance of a family counsellor. The process of videotaping family life, in-depth analysis of the videotapes, recognition of instances of successful interaction, and search for new alternatives gave participants a feeling that it would be possible for them to make their everyday life fluent and functional.

• The findings show that video home training helped the families to gain better control over their family life.

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