Marte meo: interaction intervention with video feedback

Social interaction and communication between, for example, parent and child are important factors in promoting positive development of the child. Marte meo is used to support, among others, guardians, teachers, and caregivers in their interaction with children, students, or patients. Video recordings of daily interactions are analysed to promote positive interaction and development.


What scientific studies and systematic reviews are there on Marte meo as a method to support guardians or caregivers in the social interaction with children and patients?

Identified literature

One relevant systematic review was identified, but as the risk of bias was high, the authors´ conclusions are not presented here [1]. Five primary studies were identified [2-6]. The primary studies were not assessed for risk of bias.


  1. Balldin S, Fisher PA, Wirtberg I. Video Feedback Intervention With Children: A Systematic Review. Research on Social Work Practice 2018;28:682-695.
  2. Axberg U, Hansson K, Broberg AG, Wirtberg I. The Development of a Systemic School-Based Intervention: Marte Meo and Coordination Meetings. Family Process 2006;45:375-389.
  3. Balldin S, Bergström M, Wirtberg I, Axberg U. Marte meo and coordination meetings (mac): A systemic school-based video feedback intervention—a randomised controlled trial. Child & Adolescent Social Work Journal 2018;36:537–548.
  4. Berwig M, Dinand C, Becker U, Halek M. Application of Marte Meo® counselling with people with behavioural variant frontotemporal dementia and their primary carers (AMEO-FTD) - A non-randomized mixed-method feasibility study. Pilot and Feasibility Studies 2020;6:1-17.
  5. DeGarmo DS, Jones J, Rains LA. A pilot study evaluation of marte meo for divorced fathers. Journal of Family Therapy 2018.
  6. Kristensen IH, Simonsen M, Trillingsgaard T, Kronborg H. Video feedback promotes relations between infants and vulnerable first-time mothers: A quasi-experimental study. BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth 2017;17.

SBU Enquiry Service Consists of structured literature searches to highlight studies that can address questions received by the SBU Enquiry Service from Swedish healthcare or social service providers. We assess the risk of bias in systematic reviews and when needed also quality and transferability of results in health economic studies. Relevant references are compiled by an SBU staff member, in consultation with an external expert when needed.

Published: 11/23/2020
Report no: ut202032
Registration no: SBU 2020/702