'Living with Teenagers': Feasibility study of a peer-led parenting intervention for socially disadvantaged families with adolescent children

Michelson, D; Ben-Zion, I; James, AI; Draper, L; Penney, C; Day, C; (2014) 'Living with Teenagers': Feasibility study of a peer-led parenting intervention for socially disadvantaged families with adolescent children. Archives of disease in childhood, 99 (8). pp. 731-737. ISSN 0003-9888 DOI: https://doi.org/10.1136/archdischild-2013-304936

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Objective: To develop and test the feasibility of a peer-led parenting intervention for parents of adolescent children.<br/><br/>Design: Formative evaluation using a mixed-method cohort design.<br/><br/>Setting: Socially deprived community sites in London, UK.<br/><br/>Participants: Parents seeking help with managing behavioural difficulties of an index adolescent child (aged 11–17 years).<br/><br/>Intervention: A structured, group-based intervention (‘Living with Teenagers’) delivered by trained peer facilitators.<br/><br/>Main outcome measures: We assessed feasibility in terms of uptake and completion rates (% parents completing ≥5 sessions); social validity (assessed by service satisfaction measure and participant interviews); and potential for impact (assessed by parent-reported measures of adolescent behaviour and mental health, parenting satisfaction, expressed emotion, and disciplinary practices).<br/><br/>Results: Participants (n=41) were predominately (79%) from minority ethnic backgrounds and nearly half were lone parents. Most had not previously accessed a structured parenting programme. The completion rate was 71%. Significant changes (p<0.05) were observed in reduced parental concern about adolescent problems, increased parenting satisfaction and less negative expressed emotion. There were non-significant changes in disciplinary practices and adolescent mental health. Participants were highly satisfied with their service experience and endorsed the acceptability of the intervention's content, materials and peer-led format, while suggesting an expanded number of sessions and more skills practice and demonstrations.<br/><br/>Conclusions: Peer-led parenting groups are feasible and potentially effective for supporting parents of adolescents living in socially disadvantaged communities. These findings warrant more rigorous testing under controlled conditions.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Adolescent, Adolescent Behavior, psychology, Child, Child Behavior Disorders, psychology, Cohort Studies, Feasibility Studies, Great Britain, Humans, Parent-Child Relations, Parenting, psychology, Parents, psychology, Peer Group, Psychosocial Deprivation
Faculty and Department: Faculty of Epidemiology and Population Health > Dept of Population Health (2012- )
PubMed ID: 24759649
Web of Science ID: 339242900008
URI: http://researchonline.lshtm.ac.uk/id/eprint/2697257


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