Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial

 

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dc.contributor.advisor Ward, Catherine en_ZA
dc.contributor.author Lester, Soraya Natalie en_ZA
dc.date.accessioned 2015-12-04T19:34:46Z
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dc.date.issued 2015 en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lester, S. 2015. Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial. University of Cape Town. en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15615
dc.description Includes bibliographical references en_ZA
dc.description.abstract This dissertation is both an assessment of the fidelity, and outcomes, of a parenting programme. The programme is implemented by The Parent Centre, a non-profit organisation (NPO) which provides a range of support services for caregivers of children. The primary audience for this dissertation includes programme stakeholders such as the organisation's director, programme manager and programme facilitators. The programme theory underpinning this intervention was created in collaboration with programme stakeholders and expert opinion. Briefly, this theory assumes that by participating in the parenting programme, caregivers are likely to benefit from learning positive parenting techniques which, when used, will catalyse improvements in the relationship they have with their children, and their children's behaviour. A literature review of similar programmes' effectiveness was conducted to assess its plausibility. This review found evidence which largely supported the programme's theory. This programme theory helped guide the focus of the evaluation. A total of nine evaluation questions were formulated. Two of these aimed to determine whether the programme was implemented with fidelity. The remaining seven aimed to determine the extent to which the programme was effective in improving its intended parent and child outcomes. A range of measures were employed to answer these questions. Implementation fidelity was assessed through asking programme facilitators to complete sessional checklists, collect programme attendance and participant homework checklists for each session. A randomised controlled trial design was used to assess programme outcomes; pre and post-test interviews were conducted in people's homes which utilised a range of measures. The programme was found to be implemented with high levels of fidelity. Despite high levels of engagement also being demonstrated by those who attended, attendance rates were overall quite low. Limited evidence for programme effectiveness was found using both an intention to treat analysis, and after conducting a second analysis which took into consideration a moderator of programme effectiveness i.e., programme attendance. Poor levels of programme attendance, as well as ceiling effects on some measures at pre-test , changes in the control group over time due to control group participants accessing other parenting assistance, reactivity to the questionnaire, and finally having the post-test conducted immediately after the programme was completed , are all factors which likely contributed to one finding limited evidence for programme effectiveness. Despite these factors hindering one's ability to determine programme effectiveness, further analyses are tentatively recommended based on the results that were found. Once participants have been allowed further time to practice programme skills, it is possible that programme effects may be found. Therefore, a long-term follow-up will likely allow one to come to a stronger conclusion regarding programme effectiveness. Finally, a few recommendations are made with regards to programme design, content, delivery and monitoring of outcomes. Continued emphasis on praise, and some coverage of consistent discipline may increase the programme's effectiveness. Keeping group sizes smaller and including only parents of children of the specified ages will help ensure it is relevant to programme participants. Introducing a basic pre and post programme completion questionnaire will allow The Parent Centre to track outcome achievement over time and facilitate an understanding of participant demographics. More recommendations will be able to be made once the one-year follow-up is completed. This dissertation addresses the gaps in the literature regarding parenting programme effectiveness in South Africa, and low and middle-income countries in general. en_ZA
dc.language.iso eng en_ZA
dc.subject.other Programme Evaluation en_ZA
dc.title Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial en_ZA
dc.type Master Thesis
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Thesis en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
dc.publisher.faculty Faculty of Commerce en_ZA
dc.publisher.department Institute for Monitoring and Evaluation en_ZA
dc.type.qualificationlevel Masters
dc.type.qualificationname MPhil en_ZA
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dc.identifier.apacitation Lester, S. N. (2015). <i>Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial</i>. (Thesis). University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Institute for Monitoring and Evaluation. Retrieved from http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15615 en_ZA
dc.identifier.chicagocitation Lester, Soraya Natalie. <i>"Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial."</i> Thesis., University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Institute for Monitoring and Evaluation, 2015. http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15615 en_ZA
dc.identifier.vancouvercitation Lester SN. Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial. [Thesis]. University of Cape Town ,Faculty of Commerce ,Institute for Monitoring and Evaluation, 2015 [cited yyyy month dd]. Available from: http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15615 en_ZA
dc.identifier.ris TY - Thesis / Dissertation AU - Lester, Soraya Natalie AB - This dissertation is both an assessment of the fidelity, and outcomes, of a parenting programme. The programme is implemented by The Parent Centre, a non-profit organisation (NPO) which provides a range of support services for caregivers of children. The primary audience for this dissertation includes programme stakeholders such as the organisation's director, programme manager and programme facilitators. The programme theory underpinning this intervention was created in collaboration with programme stakeholders and expert opinion. Briefly, this theory assumes that by participating in the parenting programme, caregivers are likely to benefit from learning positive parenting techniques which, when used, will catalyse improvements in the relationship they have with their children, and their children's behaviour. A literature review of similar programmes' effectiveness was conducted to assess its plausibility. This review found evidence which largely supported the programme's theory. This programme theory helped guide the focus of the evaluation. A total of nine evaluation questions were formulated. Two of these aimed to determine whether the programme was implemented with fidelity. The remaining seven aimed to determine the extent to which the programme was effective in improving its intended parent and child outcomes. A range of measures were employed to answer these questions. Implementation fidelity was assessed through asking programme facilitators to complete sessional checklists, collect programme attendance and participant homework checklists for each session. A randomised controlled trial design was used to assess programme outcomes; pre and post-test interviews were conducted in people's homes which utilised a range of measures. The programme was found to be implemented with high levels of fidelity. Despite high levels of engagement also being demonstrated by those who attended, attendance rates were overall quite low. Limited evidence for programme effectiveness was found using both an intention to treat analysis, and after conducting a second analysis which took into consideration a moderator of programme effectiveness i.e., programme attendance. Poor levels of programme attendance, as well as ceiling effects on some measures at pre-test , changes in the control group over time due to control group participants accessing other parenting assistance, reactivity to the questionnaire, and finally having the post-test conducted immediately after the programme was completed , are all factors which likely contributed to one finding limited evidence for programme effectiveness. Despite these factors hindering one's ability to determine programme effectiveness, further analyses are tentatively recommended based on the results that were found. Once participants have been allowed further time to practice programme skills, it is possible that programme effects may be found. Therefore, a long-term follow-up will likely allow one to come to a stronger conclusion regarding programme effectiveness. Finally, a few recommendations are made with regards to programme design, content, delivery and monitoring of outcomes. Continued emphasis on praise, and some coverage of consistent discipline may increase the programme's effectiveness. Keeping group sizes smaller and including only parents of children of the specified ages will help ensure it is relevant to programme participants. Introducing a basic pre and post programme completion questionnaire will allow The Parent Centre to track outcome achievement over time and facilitate an understanding of participant demographics. More recommendations will be able to be made once the one-year follow-up is completed. This dissertation addresses the gaps in the literature regarding parenting programme effectiveness in South Africa, and low and middle-income countries in general. DA - 2015 DB - OpenUCT DP - University of Cape Town LK - https://open.uct.ac.za PB - University of Cape Town PY - 2015 T1 - Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial TI - Evaluation of the Parent Centre's positive parenting skills training programme: a randomised controlled trial UR - http://hdl.handle.net/11427/15615 ER - en_ZA


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