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A Trial of Connecting to Promote Foster Teen Well-Being

This study is currently recruiting participants.
Verified May 2017 by Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington
Sponsor:
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT03157895
First Posted: May 17, 2017
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2017
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Collaborators:
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (DA038095)
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration
Partners for our Children
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington
  Purpose
This study evaluates the efficacy of a self-directed parenting program called Connecting in reducing risk of substance use and other risky behaviors in young foster teens (ages 11-15). Half of the participants will receive services as usual from the foster system, while half will participate in the Connecting program. Connecting is a 10-week, self-directed parenting workbook with two digital video discs (DVDs). Families receive weekly telephone support as they complete the program.

Condition Intervention
Relationship, Family (Foster) Substance Use Prevention Behavioral: Connecting

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: Single (Outcomes Assessor)
Masking Description:
Interviewers should be blind to condition.
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: A Trial of Connecting to Prevent Drug Abuse and Risky Behavior in Foster Teens

Further study details as provided by Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Delay in drug use initiation [ Time Frame: 2 year follow up ]
    Monitoring the Future (Johnston et al., 2002). Communities that Care Youth Survey (CTC) (Hawkins & Catalano, 2004).

  • Substance use frequency [ Time Frame: 2 year follow up ]
    Monitoring the Future (Johnston et al., 2002). Communities that Care Youth Survey (Hawkins & Catalano, 2004).

  • Non-violent delinquent behavior frequency [ Time Frame: 2 year follow up ]
    Seattle Social Development Project (SSDP) (Hawkins et al., 1999). Raising Healthy Children (Catalano et al., 2005).

  • Violent delinquent behavior frequency [ Time Frame: 2 year follow up ]
    Seattle Social Development Project (Hawkins et al., 1999).

  • Delay in initiation of sexual activity [ Time Frame: 2 year follow up ]
    National Longitudinal Survey of Youth (Center for Human Research, 2003). Sexual Risk and Behavior Attitudes and Self Efficacy Scale (Basen Enquist et al., 1996). Communities that Care Youth Survey (Hawkins & Catalano, 2004).


Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Residential placement stability [ Time Frame: 2 year follow up ]
    Child Welfare Administrative Data

  • Growth in caregiver/youth bonding [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Communities that Care Youth Survey (Hawkins & Catalano, 2004). Armsden & Greenberg (1987).

  • Youth attitudes about HIV related risks [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Sexual Risk and Behavior Attitudes and Self Efficacy Scale (Basen Enquist et al.,1996)

  • Youth attitudes favorable toward substance use [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Communities that Care Youth Survey (Hawkins & Catalano, 2004)


Other Outcome Measures:
  • Opportunities for prosocial involvement in the family [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Alabama Parenting Questionnaire (Shelton et al., 1999)

  • Problem solving skills (youth) [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Raising Healthy Children (Catalano et al., 2005)

  • Refusal skills (youth) [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Seattle Social Development Project (1999)

  • Children's coping [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    University of Washington Parenting Clinic (2001)

  • Rewards and recognition in the family scale [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Raising Healthy Children (Catalano et al., 2005)

  • Change in family guidelines [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Alabama Parenting Questionnaire (1999)

  • Change in caregiver monitoring [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Parental Monitoring; Kerr and Stattin (2000). Raising Healthy Children monitoring scale (Catalano et al., 2005).

  • Change in inconsistent discipline and consequences [ Time Frame: 1 and 2 year follow up ]
    Alabama Parenting Questionnaire (Shelton et al., 1999)


Estimated Enrollment: 240
Actual Study Start Date: December 1, 2016
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 31, 2020
Estimated Primary Completion Date: January 31, 2020 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Program group
This group receives the Connecting program with telephone support. It's anticipated the program will take up to 14 weeks to complete.
Behavioral: Connecting
Connecting was adapted for use within the child welfare system from the Staying Connected With Your Teen program that has been demonstrated to prevent substance abuse, risky sexual behavior, and violence during adolescence.
Other Name: Staying Connected With Your Teen
No Intervention: Comparison group
This group receives Children's Administration services as usual.

  Eligibility

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Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 15 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Foster youth ages 11-15 years
  • In current placement 60+ days
  • In relative/suitable adult care, in licensed relative/suitable adult care, in licensed foster care, in dependency guardianship
  • Caregiver and teen speak English well enough to use the program manual and respond to survey questions

Exclusion Criteria:

  • The teen has regularly used drugs or alcohol in the last 30 days
  • The teen has been involved in the criminal justice system
  • The placement is not viewed as stable
  • The caregiver is not committed to a long-term placement
  • The teen will not likely be in the placement for at least 6 months
  • Group home placements and behavioral rehabilitative services placements
  Contacts and Locations
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To learn more about this study, you or your doctor may contact the study research staff using the contact information provided by the sponsor.

Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT03157895


Contacts
Contact: Jessica Colito, MSW 206-221-5250 jcolito@uw.edu
Contact: Kevin Haggerty, PhD 206-543-3188 haggerty@uw.edu

Locations
United States, Washington
Social Development Research Group Recruiting
Seattle, Washington, United States, 98115
Contact: Jessica Colito, MSW    206-221-5250    jcolito@uw.edu   
Contact: Patricia Gomez    206-616-7931    pagomez@uw.edu   
Principal Investigator: Kevin Haggerty, PhD         
Sub-Investigator: Susan Barkan, PhD         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Washington
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) (DA038095)
Alliance for Child Welfare Excellence
Department of Social and Health Services, Children's Administration
Partners for our Children
  More Information

Publications:
Responsible Party: Kevin Haggerty, Director, Social Development Research Group, University of Washington
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT03157895     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DA038095
First Submitted: April 27, 2017
First Posted: May 17, 2017
Last Update Posted: May 18, 2017
Last Verified: May 2017
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided

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

Keywords provided by Kevin Haggerty, University of Washington:
Foster Families