Be Good Parents (Parent Education)

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 7, 2016
Last Update Posted : January 25, 2018
International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Nancy Xiaonan Yu, City University of Hong Kong

Brief Summary:

The collaborator has its vision as "To have children, individuals, families and migrants across countries live in dignity and harmony, and be contributing members to a just, humane and caring society." Parents are very significant in the families as they need nurturing, discipline, teaching, monitoring, and managing their children as well as their families. Capable and competent parents bring good child outcome and happy family. The investigators planned to serve targeted parents in two areas as 1. Emotion management and 2. Information on community resource. In the first set, the participants are expected to improve their emotion management leading to a more effective parenting. In the second set, the participants would acquire more information that enables them to better use the community resources.

To work closely with the collaborator, and based on the previous results of an effective parenting intervention, the investigators will modify the intervention to tailor the needs of targeted parents. The objectives are:

  1. After completing the parenting intervention, 150 participants will, 1.1. To increase participants' emotion management strategies by 20%, 1.2. To enhance positive affect by 10%, 1.3. To decrease negative affect by 10%, 1.4. To enhance satisfaction with the parent-child relationship by 10%, 1.5. To increase subjective happiness by 8%, 1.6. To enhance family harmony by 5%, These levels of positive effects of the program were projected from the investigators' published findings.
  2. After joining the information sessions about education, health care, housing, employment, and community facilities, another 150 participants will, 2.1 To know more information of Hong Kong by 50%, 2.2 To know more information of Mainland China by 50%, 2.3 To use more community resources either in Hong Kong or Mainland China by 50%.

To study the effectiveness of parenting intervention, the investigators proposed to use a randomized controlled trial (RCT) that is a type of scientific study to reduce bias. Participants in this project will be randomly allocated to either the emotional management group or the information group. As the information group has no focus on parenting, participants would show no significant improvement in emotion management strategies or satisfaction with the parent-child relationship, etc. Meanwhile, participants in the parenting intervention would show no significant improvement in knowledge about either Hong Kong or Mainland China.

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

Detailed Description:

Parenting not only acts as an important drive for child development, also serves as one of the key determinants for family relationships. Emotion management is the essence of parenting competence. Anger, fear, joy, distress and enthusiasm are involved in the parenting process. Negative emotions of parents are associated with child abuse; while positive emotions are related to warm parenting, and promote children's early attachment with parents. In addition, parental negative emotion consistently predicts behavior problems of children. For example, children who are exposed to higher levels of maternal negative feelings, such as anger, have more difficulty regulating their own negative feelings and have greater difficulty getting along with others.

Emotion management training has been shown effective in improving parenting skills, promoting parent-child interaction, and preventing child abuse. For example, parents who attended anger control workshops reported less unrealistic expectations for their children, fewer conflicts with children, and less domestic violence toward spouse and children. However, these interventions were tested in Western culture where there is much less emphasis on academic performance of children. In addition, such interventions usually contain complex content and last for months.

The investigators developed a parenting intervention tailored for Chinese parents and reported its effectiveness in a randomized controlled trial. In this empirical study, 412 Hong Kong mothers of children aged 6 to 8 years old were randomized into the parenting arm or the control arm. The results showed that the parenting arm reported greater increase in the use of emotion management found that it was effective in increasing emotion management skills and enhancing the parent-child relationship. Participants in the parenting arm also reported lower negative affect, and higher positive affect, satisfaction with the parent-child relationship, and family harmony, compared to the control arm. The investigators' findings provide evidence for a sustainable, preventive, culturally appropriate, and cognitive behavioral-based parenting program in the community population. Considering unique dynamics of cross-boundary and new arrival families, a short and simple intervention on emotion management would benefit these parents to perform better parenting. Therefore based on the investigators' promising findings in the community setting, this proposed program aim to modify this parenting program to the needs of parents of the cross-boundary and new arrival children.

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 353 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Be Good Parents (Parent Education)
Actual Study Start Date : March 2, 2017
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 29, 2017
Actual Study Completion Date : January 15, 2018

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MedlinePlus related topics: Parenting
U.S. FDA Resources

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: Parenting
To receive the parenting intervention
Behavioral: Parenting
The parenting intervention consists of four weekly sessions, each lasting two hours. The intervention was designed according to the parenting characteristics of Chinese parents in Hong Kong. The four sessions cover: 1) response modification ("stop and rest"), 2) relaxation/enhancing positive moods ("relax and play"), 3) cognitive reframing ("think"), and 4) using social support ("talk and share). Discussion, practice, and questions are involved in each session.
Experimental: Information
To receive the information intervention
Behavioral: Information
The information intervention consists of four weekly sessions, each lasting for two hours. The contents cover information and resources about education, medical care, housing, employment, and community facilities available in Hong Kong and Mainland China.

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Frequency of emotion management strategies as assessed by 10 self-developed items [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    Example items include "stop thinking about the situation and do something else", "relax to calm down", "think of the reasons for child's behavior", "talk to family or friends", and "manage anger when child misbehaves"

Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Positive and negative affect as assessed by 10 items from the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
  2. Satisfaction with parent-child relationship as assessed by a single item from the Kansas Marital Satisfaction Scale [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
  3. Subjective happiness as assessed by four-item Subjective Happiness Scale [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
  4. Family harmony as assessed by Generic Family Harmony Scale [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
  5. Knowledge of Hong Kong as assessed by 20 self-developed questions [ Time Frame: 1 month ]
    Examples of items are "free education is available for nine years in Hong Kong" and "Persons who have immigrated to Hong Kong less than seven years ago are not eligible to apply for public housing"

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Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • The parents of cross-boundary and new arrival children whose children born or moved to Hong Kong with the one-way exit permits.

Exclusion Criteria:

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02986009

City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, China
Sponsors and Collaborators
City University of Hong Kong
International Social Service Hong Kong Branch
Principal Investigator: Nancy Xiaonan Yu City University of Hong Kong

Responsible Party: Nancy Xiaonan Yu, Assistant Professor, City University of Hong Kong Identifier: NCT02986009     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: FC2016
First Posted: December 7, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: January 25, 2018
Last Verified: January 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Drug Product: No
Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated Device Product: No

Keywords provided by Nancy Xiaonan Yu, City University of Hong Kong:
emotion management
positive and negative affect
satisfaction with parent-child relationship
subjective happiness
family harmony