A randomized controlled trial examination of a remote parenting intervention: Engagement and effects on parenting behavior and child abuse potential

Authors: 

Baggett, Kathleen
Davis, Betsy
Feil, Edward
Sheeber, Lisa
Landry, Susan
Leve, Craig
Johnson, Ursula

Year of Publication: 
2017
Source: 
Child Maltreatment, 22(4), 315-323
Abstract: 

Technology advances increasingly allow for access to remotely delivered interventions designed to promote early parenting practices that protect against child maltreatment. Among low-income families, at somewhat elevated risk for child maltreatment, there is some evidence that parents do engage in and benefit from remote-coaching interventions. However, little is known about the effectiveness of such programs to engage and benefit families at high risk for child maltreatment due to multiple stressors associated with poverty. To address this limitation, we examined engagement and outcomes among mothers at heightened risk for child abuse, who were enrolled in a randomized controlled, intent-to-treat trial of an Internet adaptation of an evidence-based infant parenting intervention. We found that engagement patterns were similar between higher and lower risk groups. Moreover, an intervention dose by condition effect was found for increased positive parent behavior and reduced child abuse potential.

ISBN / ISSN / DOI: 
https://doi.org/10.1177/1077559517712000
Type of Publication: 
Journal article