Educational or Curriculum

Initiative Description: Efficacy of motivational strategies for increasing engagement into evidence-based, parenting interventions delivered through schools. Mothers randomly assigned to the experimental condition (Triple P Positive Parenting Program) received a multicomponent engagement package mothers assigned to the control condition received a brochure plus a nonengagement survey interview. Brochures provided information on the location, day and time of sessions; free childcare; topics covered; and availability of English or Spanish groups. In the experimental condition, teachers included in students’ take home materials a testimonial flyer with photos and quotes from parents and children describing Triple P benefits and fun activities in childcare. Teachers endorsed Triple P through brief, unscripted conversations with parents in the experimental condition. Group leaders made weekly reminder calls to parents in the experimental condition the night before or day of each session. All families were offered a free parenting program delivered at their child’s school

Study Results: The motivational engagement package increased parenting program initiation and attendance for parents of students at-risk for behavior problems.

Reference: Winslow, E. B., Poloskov, E., Begay, R., Tein, J. Y., Sandler, I., & Wolchik, S. A randomized trial of methods to engage Mexican American parents into a school-based parenting intervention. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(12):1094- 1107. doi: 10.1037/ccp0000140.

Level of Evidence: 3 out of 5 stars Very Good