The three papers outline the research design, methods and results of three feasibility studies implementing the Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children program (PLH for families with children ages 2 to 9 years. The PLH program was originally developed and tested in South Africa and is now being implemented in 15 countries in Africa, East Asia, and Eastern Europe. Feasibility studies were conducted in six LMIC: Thailand, Montenegro, FYR of Macedonia, Republic of Moldova and Romania. The study in Thailand tested the feasibility of PLH when delivered by community nurses and village health volunteers within the public health system. The study in Montenegro highlights the utility of engaging multiple cross-sectoral ministries in the early stage testing of a parenting program prior to scaling up on a national level. The last study explores the complexities of testing the feasibility of the program in three Southeastern European countries at the same time. Quantitative outcomes focused process measures (i.e., implementation and participation), preliminary effectiveness (i.e., reduced violence against children and/or reduced child behavior difficulties), and study feasibility (i.e., recruitment, retention, measure reliability). Qualitative data explored cultural acceptability and implementation feasibility of the adapted program. All three studies have implications regarding the methodological aspects involved in testing program feasibility during the early stages of intervention development and evaluation. Findings also inform further testing during randomized controlled trials and other empirical studies. Furthermore, the experiences gained may help other researchers to carefully plan and conduct prevention trials in LMIC and to enhance feasibility, cost-effectiveness, and sustainability of interventions.
Parenting for Lifelong Health: Intervention developer
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