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The thriving kids and parents schools project: Protocol of an incomplete stepped wedged cluster randomised trial evaluating the effectiveness of a Triple P seminar series

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posted on 2024-04-03, 03:48 authored by C Boyle, MR Sanders, T Ma, J Hodges, KA Allen, VE Cobham, I Darmawan, Cassandra DittmanCassandra Dittman, KL Healy, SJ Hepburn, LM MacLeod, J Teng, M Trompf
Background: The COVID-19 pandemic disrupted the normality of daily life for many children, their families, and schools, resulting in heightened levels of anxiety, depression, social isolation, and loneliness among young people. An integrated public health model of interventions is needed to address the problem and to safeguard the mental health and wellbeing of children. The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is one system of parenting support with a strong evidence-base and wide international reach. When implemented as a public health approach, Triple P has demonstrated population level positive effects on child wellbeing. This study will be the first large-scale, multi-site randomised controlled trial of a newly developed, low-intensity variant of Triple P, a school-based seminar series, as a response to the impacts of the pandemic. Methods: The evaluation will employ an Incomplete Batched Stepped Wedge Cluster Randomised Trial Design. At least 300 Australian primary schools, from South Australia, Queensland, and Victoria will be recruited and randomised in three batches. Within each batch, schools will be randomly assigned to either start the intervention immediately or start in six weeks. Parents will be recruited from participating schools. The Triple P seminar series includes three seminars titled: “The Power of Positive Parenting”, “Helping Your Child to Manage Anxiety”, and “Keeping your Child Safe from Bullying”. Parents will complete measures about child wellbeing, parenting, parenting self-regulation and other key intervention targets at baseline, six weeks after baseline, and 12 weeks after baseline. Intervention effectiveness will be evaluated with a Multilevel Piecewise Latent Growth Curve Modelling approach. Data collection is currently underway, and the current phase of the project is anticipated to be completed in January 2024. Discussion: The findings from this study will extend the current knowledge of the effects of evidence-based parenting support delivered through brief, universally offered, low intensity, school-based parenting seminars in a post pandemic world. Trial registration: The trial is registered at the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (Trial Registration Number: ACTRN12623000852651).

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Category 2 - Other Public Sector Grants Category

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Volume

23

Issue

1

Start Page

1

End Page

12

Number of Pages

12

eISSN

1471-2458

ISSN

1471-2458

Publisher

BMC

Publisher License

CC BY

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CC BY 4.0 DEED

Language

en

Peer Reviewed

  • Yes

Open Access

  • Yes

Acceptance Date

2023-10-11

Era Eligible

  • Yes

Medium

Electronic

Journal

BMC Public Health

Article Number

2021

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