A review of parental engagement in parenting interventions and strategies to promote it

Morawska, Alina and Sanders, Matthew R. (2006) A review of parental engagement in parenting interventions and strategies to promote it. Journal of Children's Services, 1 1: 29-40.

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Author Morawska, Alina
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title A review of parental engagement in parenting interventions and strategies to promote it
Journal name Journal of Children's Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1746-6660
2042-8677
Publication date 2006-04
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17466660200600004
Volume 1
Issue 1
Start page 29
End page 40
Total pages 12
Place of publication Hove, Devon, U.K.
Publisher Pier Professional
Collection year 2006
Language eng
Subject 380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Formatted abstract Despite the importance of increasing engagement and minimising attrition and drop-out in parenting interventions, there is a paucity of empirical evidence examining factors related to engagement and participation. The range of factors examined in relation to engagement is generally limited in scope and variety, focusing on variables of convenience rather than utilising a theoretically-driven approach.

The aim of this article is to review the factors related to parental engagement with interventions and to describe strategies and implications for improving engagement with parenting interventions. Several policy and practice implications are identified: (1) Poor parental engagement may threaten or compromise the capacity of parenting programmes to deliver valued outcomes; (2) Agencies delivering parenting services need a proactive engagement strategy, which includes strategies to prevent drop-out, as well as strategies to actively respond to parental disengagement; (3) Research is needed to test the efficacy and robustness of different engagement enhancement strategies. Empirical tests are needed to test the effectiveness of different engagement strategies in order to ensure that the most efficient, cost-effective and efficacious approach is used in order to engage parents. Investment of research effort to improve parental engagement is likely to have a high yield in terms of programme efficiency, utility and cost effectiveness. We conclude that research examining how to improve engagement and decrease non-completion is needed to strengthen the population level value of parenting programmes as preventive interventions.
Keyword Parental engagement
Parenting interventions
Non-completion
Child behaviour problems
Theoretical Development of Triple P
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

 
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