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Family Networks Project Study One: An Efficacy Study of Stepping Stones Triple P for Children Under Age Two

This study has been completed.
Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
University of South Carolina Identifier:
First received: July 27, 2011
Last updated: December 9, 2014
Last verified: October 2014
The purpose of the project is to assess the initial efficacy of Stepping Stones Triple P-Positive Parenting Program (SSTP) with parents of children below age two with developmental disabilities to strengthen families and prevent child maltreatment.

Condition Intervention
Prevent Child Maltreatment
Behavioral: Stepping Stones Triple P
Other: BabyNet Services As usual

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: The Family Networks Project Study One: Supporting Family Confidence, Competence, and Community Connections

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Further study details as provided by University of South Carolina:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Parenting Style [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 months ]
    Parenting Scale (Total Score; measure of parenting style). 30 items on the scale, scores range from 1-7 for each item with higher scores indicating dysfunctional parenting styles (laxness, over-reactivity, hostility). Scores summed and divided by 30 for total score.

  • Child Behavior [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 months ]
    Child Behavior Checklist 1/5-5. A parent report measure of child behavioral problems. The score used for this outcome was the CBCL Total Score, which is a T-Score. T scores average 50 with a standard deviation of 10. Scores above 65 considered in the clinical range.

  • Parenting Self-confidence [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 months ]
    Toddler Care Questionnaire. Measures parent reported self-confidence in parenting a toddler. Parents rate their confidence in performing parenting tasks specific to toddlers. Higher scores indicate more confidence. Scores range from 37-185. The total sum score derived from adding the scores for the 37 items in this survey was used for this outcome measure.

  • KIPS [ Time Frame: Baseline, 5 months ]
    KIPS observational measure of the quality of the parent-child relationship. scores range from 1-5. Higher scores indicate a higher quality of relationship.

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Parent Symptoms of Depression, Anxiety and Stress [ Time Frame: baseline, 5 months ]
    DASS-21, brief screening measure of symptoms of depression, anxiety, and stress. Scores on each scale range from 0-21. Higher scores indicate more symptoms in each area.

Enrollment: 49
Study Start Date: December 2010
Study Completion Date: March 2014
Primary Completion Date: March 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Stepping Stones Triple P
10-15 sessions of Level 4 Standard Stepping Stones Triple P delivered in family homes
Behavioral: Stepping Stones Triple P
10-12 session manualized intervention delivered in client homes
BabyNet Services As usual
BabyNet services as usual based on IFSP
Behavioral: Stepping Stones Triple P
10-12 session manualized intervention delivered in client homes
Other: BabyNet Services As usual
BabyNet services as usual based on IFSP

Detailed Description:
This study is an initial efficacy trial of SSTP for parents of children below age 2. The target population consists of 50 families of young children ages 11-23 months with developmental disabilities who are eligible to receive IDEA Part C (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act Part C) services in one region of South Carolina. Families will be randomly assigned to one of two conditions (1) IDEA Part C services as usual or (2) IDEA Part C services plus SSTP. Project goals are to strengthen parent competence, enhance parent confidence, and strengthen child social, emotional and behavioral functioning. Ultimately, this should result in a reduced likelihood of child maltreatment

Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Months to 23 Months   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • child age between 11 and 23 months of age
  • child eligible for IDEA Part C Services
  • parent english speaking
  • parent willing to allow in-home services

Exclusion Criteria:

  • disability requiring extensive out of home treatment
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01424943

United States, South Carolina
Parenting and Family Research Center
Columbia, South Carolina, United States, 29208
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of South Carolina
Quality Improvement Center for Early Childhood
Principal Investigator: Cheri Shapiro, Ph.D. Research Associate Professor, Parenting and Family Research Center, University of South Carolina
  More Information

Responsible Party: University of South Carolina Identifier: NCT01424943     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: QIC-EC Coop Agreement 90CA1763
Study First Received: July 27, 2011
Results First Received: July 22, 2014
Last Updated: December 9, 2014

Keywords provided by University of South Carolina:
evidence-based parenting intervention
Stepping Stones Triple P processed this record on May 25, 2017