Session: Engaging Parents in Preventive Interventions: Identifying Determinants and Strategies for Engaging Vulnerable Populations (Society for Prevention Research 24th Annual Meeting)

2-064 Engaging Parents in Preventive Interventions: Identifying Determinants and Strategies for Engaging Vulnerable Populations

Wednesday, June 1, 2016: 4:00 PM-5:30 PM
Grand Ballroom B (Hyatt Regency San Francisco)
Theme: Promoting Health Equity Among Populations at Risk
Symposium Organizer:
Kevin P. Haggerty
Kevin P. Haggerty
Despite evidence demonstrating the powerful effects parenting interventions can have in improving parenting and children’s behavioral outcomes, parent engagement in these interventions continues to be a significant challenge, particularly among racial/ethnic minority populations in low-income, urban communities. Understanding the determinants of parent engagement and identifying effective strategies for boosting enrollment, attendance, and active participation in parenting interventions is of critical importance for reaching vulnerable populations to promote health equity.

This symposium will explore several parent engagement strategies and determinants across three types of parent interventions – parent mutual support groups, a pre-kindergarten based parent training program, and home visitation programs. Across papers, the populations under study are from underserved racial/ethnic minority populations raising children in low-income, urban communities.

The first paper will review evaluation findings from two engagement strategies implemented in the context of volunteer-driven parent mutual support groups. The first strategy was to match potential newcomers to existing group members who served as sponsor parents, befriending the potential newcomers and encouraging their engagement in the group. The second strategy was a parent mutual support group simulation, which was designed to familiarize parents with the groups and their benefits.

The second paper examines the feasibility, acceptability, sustainability, and impact of a conditional cash transfer program (CCT) for promoting parent participation in parent training implemented in Baltimore City Public Schools. Using bank debit cards, parents receive $15 for each PT session attended and $5 for each practice assignment completed. Effects of the CCT program on parent participation, how parents used the incentives, and efforts for sustaining the CCT program will be presented.

The third paper examines provider and agency-level predictors of parent engagement in home visiting programs for mothers and infants at risk owing to poverty, mental illness, and other contextual stressors. Approximately 75 home visitors from 11 agencies in Rhode Island implemented one of three evidenced based home visiting programs. Provider factors under investigation include openness to delivering evidence based practices, personality characteristics, and amount of training received. Agency predictors include variation in per-client expenditures.

After reviewing the engagement strategies and determinants within specific contexts, the discussant will consider the strengths and weaknesses of the different engagement approaches, along with future directions for engaging parents in preventive interventions.

* noted as presenting author
Promoting Engagement in Parent Mutual Support Groups: An Evaluation of Two Strategies
Louis Davis Brown, PhD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Adeniyi A. Adeboye, MPH, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Sarita Mantravadi, MS, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Rafeek A. Yusuf, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Pooja Chaudhary, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Using Condition Cash Transfer Programs for Raising Parent Participation Rates in Parent Training in Underserved Communities
Deborah Ann Gross, DNSc, Johns Hopkins University; Amie F. Bettencourt, Ph.D., The Johns Hopkins University
Examining the Range of Barriers and Facilitators of Parent Engagement in Home Visiting Programs for High Risk Families
Stephanie Shepard, PhD, Brown University; Stephanie Parade, PhD, Bradley Hospital; Rebecca Silver, PhD, Bradley Hospital/Brown University; Kristine Campagna, MEd, Rhode Island Department of Health; Sara Remington, BA, Rhode Island Department of Health; Sarah Bowman, MPH, Rhode Island Department of Health; Joanna Rojcewicz, BA, Rhode Island Department of Health; Ronald Seifer, PhD, Brown University