Infant Psychiatry Home Visitation Program

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Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : December 1, 2011
Last Update Posted : December 1, 2011
British Columbia Childrens Hospital Foundation
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University of British Columbia

November 24, 2011
December 1, 2011
December 1, 2011
April 2009
December 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Reduction of externalizing disorders and child's aggression [ Time Frame: Participants will be followed for the duration of their time on the Clinic's wait list, an expected average of 10 weeks ]
The specific units of measure to be assessed pre and post intervention are the mean scores of the CBCL (overall score, attention problems subscale, externalizing subscale, aggression subscale) and the PSI (overall score, parent distress sub scale, parent-child dysfunctional interaction, difficult child subscale).
Same as current
No Changes Posted
Measurement of parental stress [ Time Frame: Participants will be followed for the duration of their time on the Clinic's wait list, an expected average of 10 weeks ]
Measurement of parental stress after the intervention was offered
Same as current
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Infant Psychiatry Home Visitation Program
Externalizing Behavior in Early Childhood: A Randomized Control Evaluation of a Home Visitation Program
This is a proposed home visitation program for families of children with externalizing behaviors who are on the wait list for psychiatric assessment at BC Children's hospital. The aim of this program is to implement and evaluate a home visitation strategy in order to support those waiting up to four months to consult a psychiatrist.

The Home visitation program was developed in response to long wait lists for the Infant Psychiatry Program. This home visitation program intervention consists of the following components: Developmental guidance, empowerment of parents while respecting the parent-child attachment, and child centered interactional guidance. The home visitors ( a PhD student and a Masters level student) visit consenting families and gave the parents an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding their child's behaviors. They were instructed to co-construct a play that had to be child led. Home visitors facilitated this task. Parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist and Parenting Stress Index prior to and after the intervention. These home visitations occurred approximately once a month whilst the families were on the wait list for clinical assessment and treatment. Those families that were randomized in control group did not receive any intervention.

Extended description of the protocol, including information not already contained in other fields.

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Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Aggression
  • Hyperactivity
  • Impulsive Behaviors
Other: Clinical home visitation
Clinical Home visitation consisted of once a month visits to families on the experimental group. During those visits home visitors facilitated developmentally appropriate play guidance and co-construction tasks for the dyad.
Other Names:
  • Home visiting
  • Externalizing disorders
  • Parenting stress
Experimental: Waitlist families

Experimental arm consisted of randomized waitlist families who received home visitation where mothers were taught to play with their children in a developmentally appropriate manner and also engaged in a co-construction task.

Control arm families did not get any active intervention. Parents from both arm types completed pre and post questionnaires to measure child's externalizing behaviors and parenting stress.

Parents from experimental group were encouraged to keep a diary of their play record.

Intervention: Other: Clinical home visitation
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*   Includes publications given by the data provider as well as publications identified by Identifier (NCT Number) in Medline.
Same as current
February 2011
December 2010   (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Children with externalizing disorders referred to Infant Psychiatry Clinic of Children's hospital and on the wait list

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Children over 6 years old
  • Children with internalizing disorder
  • Families that reside outside of the Vancouver due to practicality of home visitation,
  • Families requiring an interpreter
Sexes Eligible for Study: All
up to 6 Years   (Child)
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University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
British Columbia Childrens Hospital Foundation
Principal Investigator: Pratibha Reebye University of British Columbia
University of British Columbia
November 2011

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