Effectiveness of a Multi-Component Evidence-Based Parent Training Program in Reducing Child Maltreatment

The recruitment status of this study is unknown because the information has not been verified recently.
Verified January 2012 by University of Oklahoma.
Recruitment status was  Active, not recruiting
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of Oklahoma
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
First received: January 4, 2008
Last updated: January 19, 2012
Last verified: January 2012
This study will determine the effectiveness of a complex parent training program, based on the SafeCare model, in reducing the occurrence of child maltreatment.

Condition Intervention Phase
Child Abuse
Behavioral: SafeCare
Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Health Services Research
Official Title: Developing Multi-Component Evidence Based Practice in Child Abuse Service Systems

Further study details as provided by University of Oklahoma:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Fidelity of service provider [ Time Frame: Measured throughout study ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Parent behavior [ Time Frame: Measured at baseline and at some point between Months 6 and 12 ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Estimated Enrollment: 94
Study Start Date: September 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: November 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date: November 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Families with a high risk for or a history of child abuse and are enrolled in Comprehensive Home-Based Services
Behavioral: SafeCare
Treatment will be based on an updated version of the SafeCare program, which specifically addresses parenting and discipline associated with child physical abuse. Participants will receive services from Comprehensive Home-Based Services.

Detailed Description:

Child maltreatment is the general term used to characterize all forms of child abuse, including neglect and physical, sexual, and emotional abuse. These forms of maltreatment can lead to a large number of child developmental, emotional, and behavioral difficulties. As adults, children who are maltreated are more prone to unhealthy behaviors and conditions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, smoking, eating disorders, and depression. A previous study found that Project SafeCare, a treatment program that provides parent training to families with children who were at risk for or victims of maltreatment, resulted in fewer child welfare reports. Participants in Project SafeCare reported improvements in child healthcare, home safety, and parent-child relations. However, the study suggested that the SafeCare program may not be equally effective in decreasing the occurrence of all forms of child maltreatment, particularly child physical abuse. This study will determine the effectiveness of a complex evidence-based practice program, extending upon the SafeCare program, in reducing the occurrence of physical abuse and other forms of child maltreatment.

Participants in this study will receive services from Oklahoma Comprehensive Home-Based Services (CHBS), a program provided to families with issues of child abuse and neglect. Upon entry into the CHBS program, participants will undergo a computerized interview, lasting between 1 and 2 hours. The interview will include questions about family strengths and weaknesses, personal beliefs, substance abuse history, and opinion on CHBS. This computerized interview will be repeated at the end of treatment, approximately 6 to 12 months later. During the first few weeks of CHBS, an agent will make five visits to the homes of participants to observe pretreatment family life. Treatment services will concentrate on improving healthcare skills, parent-child interactions, and safety in homes and will specifically address ways to reduce physical abuse and other identified family issues. Study participation will continue for 12 months after completion of CHBS. Study researchers will obtain child welfare reports from the Department of Human Services (DHS) for up to 10 years after completion of CHBS.


Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Enrolled in Oklahoma Comprehensive Home-Based Services (CHBS)
  • Child referred by Office of Community Services

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Primary referral of sexual abuse
  • Primary referral goal to maintain permanent placement
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT00595010

Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oklahoma
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Principal Investigator: Debra B. Hecht, PhD University of Oklahoma
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of Oklahoma
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT00595010     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R34MH076972  DSIR 84-CTS 
Study First Received: January 4, 2008
Last Updated: January 19, 2012
Health Authority: United States: Federal Government

Keywords provided by University of Oklahoma:
Child Maltreatment
Child Neglect
Child Physical Abuse
Evidence-Based Practice

ClinicalTrials.gov processed this record on May 26, 2016