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A Brief Multimedia Program Affects Parents' Attitudes Toward Physical Punishment

This study has been completed.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Seth Scholer, Vanderbilt University Identifier:
First received: July 25, 2011
Last updated: October 21, 2011
Last verified: October 2011
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents receive anticipatory guidance about how to discipline their children as part of the well child visit. However, physicians provide counseling only 25-40% of the time. In regard to the type of discipline, the AAP recommends that primary care providers encourage parent to use non-physical forms of discipline and discourage parents from using physical punishment. Educational resources are needed to help physicians routinely provide these important anticipatory guidance messages. In this study, consecutive parents were exposed to routine anticipatory guidance messages before the well child visit with the physician. After the clinic visit, parents were invited to participate in a research study to assess their attitudes about physical punishment and other discipline strategies. The key research question of this study is: Can a brief multimedia program (i.e. Play Nicely program) affect parents' attitudes about the use of physical punishment? The time frame of the study was June through August of 2010. Data was collected immediately after the clinic visit and 2-4 weeks post clinic visit.

Condition Intervention Phase
Violence Prevention Behavioral: Play Nicely Program Phase 1

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Single (Investigator)
Primary Purpose: Supportive Care
Official Title: A Brief Multimedia Program Affects Parents' Attitudes Toward Physical Punishment

Further study details as provided by Seth Scholer, Vanderbilt University:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Attitudes toward spanking [ Time Frame: Immediately post clinic visit ]
    After the clinic visit, parents were invited to participate in a 2 minute survey which included the ATS scale, a 10 item scale that is associated with parents' actual use of physical punishment. Data was obtained from the parent immediately after the clinic visit while the parent was in the clinic. We attempted a follow up phone call 2-4 weeks post clinic visit. However, due to a poor follow up rate, this data will not be reported nor will it be compared to the data that was collected immediately post clinic visit.

Enrollment: 260
Study Start Date: June 2010
Study Completion Date: August 2010
Primary Completion Date: August 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: multi media intervention
Play Nicely Program
Behavioral: Play Nicely Program
Multi media educational intervention
No Intervention: Routine primary care
Routine primary care

Detailed Description:
Note: Because of a poor follow up rate with the 2-4 week phone call, this effort to collect follow up data was unsuccessful.

Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
English and Spanish speaking parents of 6-24 month old children presenting for a primary care visit in the Vanderbilt Pediatric Primary Care Clinic.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01459510

United States, Tennessee
Vanderbilt Medical Center, Primary clinic
Nashville, Tennessee, United States, 37232
Sponsors and Collaborators
Vanderbilt University
Principal Investigator: Seth J Scholer, MD, MPH Vanderbilt University
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Additional Information:
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
Responsible Party: Seth Scholer, Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Vanderbilt University Identifier: NCT01459510     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 100533
Study First Received: July 25, 2011
Last Updated: October 21, 2011

Keywords provided by Seth Scholer, Vanderbilt University:
Violence prevention
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