"Becoming Parents": A Hospital-community Partnership

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong
Kwong Wah Hospital
University of Michigan
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
TIWARI, Agnes, The University of Hong Kong
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT01383551
First received: May 30, 2011
Last updated: December 12, 2013
Last verified: December 2013
  Purpose

The proposed of this study is to determine if an intervention, known as the "Becoming Parents" programme, is more effective in improving the mental health, marital relationship and parental competence of expectant couples in a Chinese community.


Condition Intervention
Expectant Couples
Behavioral: "Becoming Parents" intervention

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: "Becoming Parents": A Hospital-community Partnership to Enhance Transition to Parenthood

Resource links provided by NLM:


Further study details as provided by The University of Hong Kong:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline in Depressive Symptoms at 3 months postpartum [ Time Frame: Baseline and 3 months postpartum ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale is used to measure women's distressed mood or dysphoria at baseline and also at 3 months postpartum


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Change from Baseline in Parental Competence at 3 months postpartum [ Time Frame: Baseline and 3 months postpartum ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Parental Sense of Competence Scale is used to measure parenting efficacy and satisfaction at baseline and also at 3 months postpartum

  • Change from Baseline in Marital Satisfaction at 3 months postpartum [ Time Frame: Baseline and 3 months postpartum ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    The Dyadic Adjustment Scale is used to measure couples' consensus, cohesion, satisfaction and affection expression at baseline and also at 3 months postpartum


Estimated Enrollment: 290
Study Start Date: June 2011
Study Completion Date: October 2013
Primary Completion Date: October 2013 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: "Becoming Parents" intervention
A "Becoming Parents" Programme consists of: (i) 3 antenatal workshops conducted over a period of 10-14 weeks in prenatal period; and (ii) support provided by trained volunteers for up to 3 months post-delivery; in addition to the usual prenatal education.
Behavioral: "Becoming Parents" intervention
A "Becoming Parents" programme consists of: (i) 3 antenatal workshops conducted over a period of 10-14 weeks in prenatal period; and (ii) support provided by trained volunteers for up to 3 months post-delivery; in addition to the usual prenatal education.
No Intervention: Usual prenatal education
Attend usual prenatal classes which will be provided by the midwives in the hospital.

Detailed Description:

Transition to parenthood is potentially a stressful life event for many new parents, which, if not properly managed, could have adverse effects on their mental health, marital satisfaction, and parent-child relationships. The proposed programme, "Becoming Parents", aims to turn the challenges of the transition into opportunities of learning and support for these parents. Building on our experience of instituting a pioneering programme to support new fathers prenatally, "Becoming Parents" has an extra component of support for new parents in the postnatal period using trained volunteers from the community networks. Through "Becoming Parents", seamless antenatal-postnatal care based on a hospital-community partnership will be provided to 125 expectant couples in a target community which is known for its high risks for postnatal depression, child abuse and intimate partner violence. In addition to addressing the health promotional needs of the target community, "Becoming Parents" will also illustrate how a community's capacity for health promotion can be maximized through the collaboration of healthcare providers and network of community partners in helping couples function more optimally during their transition to parenthood.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 18 years of age or older
  2. Expectant couples with the pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in Princess Margaret Hospital before 20 weeks of gestation.

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Expected couples who are unable to communicate in Cantonese, Putonghua or English.
  2. Multiple pregnancy
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01383551

Locations
Hong Kong
Princess Margaret Hospital
New Territories, Hong Kong
Sponsors and Collaborators
The University of Hong Kong
Princess Margaret Hospital, Hong Kong
Kwong Wah Hospital
University of Michigan
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Agnes Tiwari, PhD The University of Hong Kong
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: TIWARI, Agnes, Professor, The University of Hong Kong
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT01383551     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: UW 11-163
Study First Received: May 30, 2011
Last Updated: December 12, 2013
Health Authority: Hong Kong: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by The University of Hong Kong:
Depression
Marital relationship
Parental competence

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on October 20, 2014