Child and Family Outcomes and Consumer Satisfaction for Online vs Staff-Delivered Parenting Intervention

2014-11-21 06:53:22 | BioPortfolio


This trial addresses a serious and all-too-frequent public health problem, namely early-onset disruptive behavior problems in young children. The focus is on testing an online treatment program which empowers parents to help their children to improve their mental health and behavioral functioning. At the conclusion of the study, the investigators will know whether the online-delivered program works as well as an established staff-delivered program, with respect to child disruptive behavior problems, parenting, parent/family stress, consumer satisfaction, and value analysis.


High-prevalence mental health problems require innovative strategies to broaden reach of evidence-based services. Disruptive behavior problems (DBPs), or conduct problems, in young children represent a major public health challenge that is not only highly prevalent but also, left untreated, heighten risk for adverse mental health and developmental outcomes in adolescence and adulthood. Internet and online technology has considerable potential to help achieve such a goal. Building on parenting interventions that have demonstrated impact on childhood DBPs, this clinical trial compares an online-delivered intervention to a well-validated staff-delivered intervention, holding program content constant. Both interventions are based on the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program. The sample includes families with a 3-7 year old child who has a pronounced level of DBPs. The study makes use of a non-inferiority trial design to determine whether the online-delivered intervention yields as good outcomes as the well-established staff-delivered intervention with respect to childhood DBPs, parenting, and parent/family stress. The study also includes a value analysis comparing the two interventions, accounting for provider and participant expenses as well as pre-implementation and implementation phases. This study is intended to shed light on the impact and potential benefits of a viable online parenting intervention for childhood disruptive behavior problems, but the results from this study are also intended to help the mental health field to better understand more broadly the potential advantages and disadvantages of online interventions over traditionally delivered interventions, particularly in light of expense minimization/effectiveness analysis.

Study Design

Allocation: Randomized, Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study, Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment, Masking: Single Blind (Outcomes Assessor), Primary Purpose: Treatment


Childhood Disruptive Behavior Disorders


Triple P--Positive Parenting Program


Oregon Research Institute
United States




University of South Carolina

Results (where available)

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Published on BioPortfolio: 2014-11-21T06:53:22-0500

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Performing the role of a parent by care-giving, nurturance, and protection of the child by a natural or substitute parent. The parent supports the child by exercising authority and through consistent, empathic, appropriate behavior in response to the child's needs. PARENTING differs from CHILD REARING in that in child rearing the emphasis is on the act of training or bringing up the children and the interaction between the parent and child, while parenting emphasizes the responsibility and qualities of exemplary behavior of the parent.

Includes two similar disorders: oppositional defiant disorder and CONDUCT DISORDERS. Symptoms occurring in children with these disorders include: defiance of authority figures, angry outbursts, and other antisocial behaviors.

A condition occurring in FETUS or NEWBORN due to in utero ETHANOL exposure when mother consumed alcohol during PREGNANCY. It is characterized by a cluster of irreversible BIRTH DEFECTS including abnormalities in physical, mental, and behavior development (such as FETAL GROWTH RETARDATION; MENTAL RETARDATION; ATTENTION DEFICIT AND DISRUPTIVE BEHAVIOR DISORDERS) with varied degree of severity in an individual.

The training or bringing-up of children by parents or parent-substitutes. It is used also for child rearing practices in different societies, at different economic levels, in different ethnic groups, etc. It differs from PARENTING in that in child rearing the emphasis is on the act of training or bringing up the child and the interaction between the parent and child, while parenting emphasizes the responsibility and qualities of exemplary behavior of the parent.

Those psychiatric disorders usually first diagnosed in infancy, childhood, or adolescence. These disorders can also be first diagnosed during other life stages.

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