Parenting Matters: Helping Parents With Young Children
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00133055|
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : August 22, 2005
Last Update Posted : August 16, 2011
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Sleep Problems Behavior Problems Child Behavior||Behavioral: Self-help treatment booklet and telephone support Behavioral: Usual care by a family physician||Phase 2|
About 1 in 5 young children (ages 2 to 5 years) has a significant psychosocial problem, but over 80% do not receive treatment. Without treatment, up to half of these children will have problems into childhood and adolescence. New methods of treating and preventing children's psychosocial problems are needed.
Sleep and discipline problems (or child non-compliance) are the most common problems for parents of young children, and are the two concerns with the strongest relations to future child behavior problems. Further, parenting practices have consistently been linked to the development of psychosocial problems. The Parenting Matters program combines treatment booklets and telephone support to help parents with sleep or discipline problems among young children.
- Test the efficacy of the Parenting Matters program interventions for sleeping and bedtime behaviors (Trial 1), and discipline (Trial 2) in reducing problem-specific outcomes.
- Test the effects of the Parenting Matters program interventions for parents who are concerned about both their children's sleep and discipline (Trial 3) in reducing problem-specific outcomes related to sleep (Group 1) and discipline problems (Group 2) will be tested.
- Test the efficacy of the Parenting Matters program in improving parenting practices.
- Test the efficacy of the Parenting Matters program in reducing child behaviour problems in general.
- Examine predictors of treatment success.
All parents of 2 to 5 year-olds seen in a family practice for a routine appointment are asked to complete a psychosocial concerns checklist. Parents who have concerns regarding their child's sleep (Trial 1), how to discipline their child (Trial 2), or concerns about both their child's sleep and discipline (Trial 3), and meet the other study criteria, are invited to take part in the study. Mailed baseline assessment packages assess children's behavior, parenting practices and potential predictors of treatment success.
Parents are randomized to usual care, or the Parenting Matters program along with usual care. The Parenting Matters program includes treatment booklets addressing either sleep or discipline problems, and telephone coach support (3 calls over 6 weeks).
Primary outcomes are parents' ratings of their children's sleep or discipline problems measured at post-treatment (7 weeks after baseline). Parents repeat assessment packages at 3- and 6-month follow-ups.
Goals & Relevance:
This research addresses the need for new ways of providing early interventions for young children that:
- reach the largest number of individuals in need;
- are cost effective; and
- time efficient.
By addressing the most common issues facing parents of young children, it engages parents in areas of direct relevance to them. The program focuses on parenting practices thereby building family strengths that may have a lasting impact on child development. Collaboration with family physicians builds on the ongoing positive relationships between parents and family physicians and provides a mechanism to reach a significant proportion of young children.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Actual Enrollment :||548 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||Single (Outcomes Assessor)|
|Official Title:||Parenting Matters: Helping Parents With Young Children|
|Study Start Date :||July 2005|
|Primary Completion Date :||March 2009|
|Study Completion Date :||March 2009|
|Experimental: Treatment booklet and telephone coaching||
Behavioral: Self-help treatment booklet and telephone support
The Parenting Matters treatment program consisted of a self-help treatment booklet and two telephone coaching calls from a paraprofessional telephone coach at Weeks 2 and 5 of the program. Two booklets were used in the three trials; one addressed sleep issues and the second discipline problems.
Behavioral: Usual care by a family physician
Parents in the usual care condition were told to continue with care from their family physician and/or any other treatment recommended by the physician.
- Sleep and bedtime problems trial (Trial 1): parent report on the Children's Sleep Habits Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 7 weeks post randomization ]
- Discipline problems trial (Trial 2): parent rated total problem score on the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory [ Time Frame: 7 weeks post randomization ]
- Sleep and discipline problems trial (Trial 3): parent report on the Children's Sleep Habit Questionnaire (Group 1-sleep treatment) and parent rated total problem score on the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (Group 2-discipline treatment) [ Time Frame: 7 weeks post randomization ]
- Parenting practices-total score on the Parenting Scale [ Time Frame: 7 weeks post randomization; 3- & 6-month follow-up; 12-month follow-up treatment group only ]
- General child behavior problems-total problem score on the Child Behavior Checklist [ Time Frame: 7 weeks post randomization; 3- & 6-month follow-up; 12-month follow-up treatment group only ]
- Daily recall ratings of sleep and discipline problems (3 reports in total) [ Time Frame: 4 & 6 weeks post randomization; 3- & 6-month follow-up; 12-month follow-up treatment group only ]
- Parent report on the Richman sleep questionnaires (only for Trial 1-sleep and bedtime problems and for Trial 3 participants if in sleep treatment condition) [ Time Frame: 7 weeks post randomization; 3- & 6-month follow-up; 12-month follow-up treatment group only ]
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT00133055
|University of Western Ontario|
|London, Ontario, Canada, N6C 5A2|
|Principal Investigator:||Graham J Reid, PhD||University of Western Ontario, Canada|