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Mother and Child Education Program in Palestinian Refugee Camps

The safety and scientific validity of this study is the responsibility of the study sponsor and investigators. Listing a study does not mean it has been evaluated by the U.S. Federal Government. Read our disclaimer for details. Identifier: NCT02402556
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 30, 2015
Last Update Posted : December 2, 2016
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Yale University

Brief Summary:
The purpose of the Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP)-a group-based early childhood development parenting education program-is to provide school-readiness and parenting skills to mothers of young children who do not have access to preschool education services. The MOCEP intervention also provides a setting in which caregivers can model pro-social behaviors and practice conflict resolution techniques directly with young children.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Parenting Behavioral: MOCEP Not Applicable

Detailed Description:
The purpose of the evaluation study is to rigorously evaluate the impact of MOCEP on child and parent outcomes among Palestinian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon. This evaluation employs an innovative, mixed-methods bio-behavioral approach to investigate the associations among social contexts; maternal, child and family functioning; and reduction in violence through the promotion of harmonious family relationships. The results of this study have implications for improving the lives of and reducing violence for the hundreds of thousands of families with young children living in fragile contexts. We hypothesize that when MOCEP is implemented with fidelity (i.e., delivered as intended by design), participating families will experience reduced violence in their homes and have better individual and intra-family outcomes than families who do not participate in the program.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 106 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Official Title: Implementation and Impact Evaluation of the Mother and Child Education Program (MOCEP) Among Children and Families in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Beirut, Lebanon
Study Start Date : May 2014
Actual Primary Completion Date : September 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : September 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Parenting

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: MOCEP
MOCEP is implemented over a period of 25 weeks, through weekly group meetings that last approximately three hours.
Behavioral: MOCEP
Through parent support and an evidence-based curriculum, MOCEP uses education to reduce risk factors that hinder children's health and wellbeing.

Active Comparator: Waitlist Control Group
For ethical reasons, no one recruited will be excluded from the opportunity to benefit from the intervention. MOCEP group will be the primary intervention group and the second group will act as the wait-listed control group. Although the families in the wait-listed control group will start out as a control group (not receiving the intervention), they will have the opportunity to participate in the intervention in a later round of implementation, after the intervention group has completed the program.
Behavioral: MOCEP
Through parent support and an evidence-based curriculum, MOCEP uses education to reduce risk factors that hinder children's health and wellbeing.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Disciplinary Style Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]
    Parent report measure of parental disciplinary style assesses the frequency with which parents engage in seven forms of discipline when dealing with children's undesirable behavior

  2. Better Parenting Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]
    11 Item questionnaire that measures parental knowledge, attitudes and practices regarding education and learning, child development and discipline / child rearing.

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Socio-Emotional Status: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (child assessment) [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]
    Parent report measure assesses children's emotional and conduct problems, hyperactivity, and peer relations.

  2. Parental Stress Index [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]
    Assessment of maternal stress

  3. Duke Social Support Index [ Time Frame: 25 weeks ]
    Addresses social support in two domains: social interaction and subjective support

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Ages Eligible for Study:   3 Years to 6 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. Child must be between 3 and 6 years of age (children age 7 may be accepted under special circumstances)
  2. Mother must be able to read and write in Arabic (although skills may not be well-developed)
  3. Mothers must commit to participate in the 25-week MOCEP Intervention program

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02402556

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Bourj el-Barajneh refugee camp
Beirut, Lebanon
Beirut, Lebanon
Mar Elias Refugee Camp
Beirut, Lebanon
Sponsors and Collaborators
Yale University
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Principal Investigator: James Leckman, MD Yale University
Publications automatically indexed to this study by Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Yale University Identifier: NCT02402556    
Other Study ID Numbers: 1403013605
First Posted: March 30, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 2, 2016
Last Verified: December 2016