Foster Teens' Risk During Transition (LINKS)

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Recruitment Status : Unknown
Verified December 2015 by Oregon Social Learning Center.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
First Posted : January 16, 2014
Last Update Posted : December 11, 2015
San Diego State University
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Oregon Social Learning Center

Brief Summary:
The purpose of this study is to conduct a randomized effectiveness trial to determine whether adding a preventive intervention at the transition from elementary to middle school is effective and cost effective in terms of ameliorating outcomes such as drug and tobacco use, participation in HIV- risking sexual behavior, delinquency, mental health problems, and school failure for young adolescents in foster care. The proposed LINKS intervention marries the goals of child welfare and educational systems. The aims are: a) to determine the effectiveness of the LINKS intervention on key behavioral health and school adjustment outcomes, b) to examine mechanisms of action; specifically the mediating effects of placement failure on outcomes, c) to examine the moderating role of fidelity on outcomes, and d) to examine cost effectiveness and cost avoidance of LINKS.

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
School Adjustment Foster Care Disruptions Behavioral: LINKS Phase 2

Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 200 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Foster Teens' Risk During Transition: Preventing Drug Use, HIV, & School Problems
Study Start Date : December 2012
Estimated Primary Completion Date : December 2017

Arm Intervention/treatment
Experimental: LINKS Behavioral: LINKS
In the LINKS, foster/kin parents will participate in weekly group meetings led by well-trained and supervised paraprofessional facilitators (school behavioral aids and foster parents) where the curriculum is based on parent management training (PMT). In previous studies, attendance at such groups has been high, averaging about 75-80%. Missed sessions will be "made up" with an in-person visit to the foster/kin home during the week of the original session. In addition, youth in the intervention condition will receive individual skill building sessions from a Life Skills Coach to increase their competency at goal setting, refusal skills, and peer relations.
No Intervention: Services as Usual

Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Number of Placement Failures [ Time Frame: between Baseline and 18-Months later ]

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Ages Eligible for Study:   9 Years to 13 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • the focal youth will be transitioning into middle school
  • the focal youth is in either a foster or kinship care home
  • the focal youth has been in the home for a minimum of 30 days (including those who are newly placed in care and those moving from another type of placement).

Exclusion Criteria:

  • youth who are are considered medically fragile (i.e., severely physically or mentally handicapped)

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Please refer to this study by its identifier (NCT number): NCT02037750

Contact: Courtenay Padgett, M.S. 5414852711 ext 1332

United States, California
Child and Adolescent Services Research Center Recruiting
San Diego, California, United States, 92123
Contact: Norma Talementes    858-966-7703 ext 3646   
Principal Investigator: Joe Price, Phd         
San Diego State University Foundation Recruiting
San Diego, California, United States, 92182-1948
Contact: Joe Price, Phd    858-966-7703   
Principal Investigator: Joe Price, Phd         
United States, Oregon
Oregon Social Learning Center Recruiting
Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97401
Contact: Courtenay Padgett, M.S.    541-485-2711   
Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Phd         
Sponsors and Collaborators
Oregon Social Learning Center
San Diego State University
Principal Investigator: Patricia Chamberlain, Phd Oregon Social Learning Center

Responsible Party: Oregon Social Learning Center Identifier: NCT02037750     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: R01DA032634 ( U.S. NIH Grant/Contract )
First Posted: January 16, 2014    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: December 11, 2015
Last Verified: December 2015

Keywords provided by Oregon Social Learning Center:
foster care
school adjustment