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Grow Online: feasibility and proof of concept study

Grow Online: feasibility and proof of concept study Digitally delivered, parent-focused interventions (DD-PFIs) are viewed as an important method for supporting child well-being. Few DD-PFIs include health-promotion and general-parenting content, and only some are intended for a universal audience. The purpose of this paper is to focus on a preliminary evaluation of Grow Online, which was designed to address this gap.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-methods design, including pretests and posttests and semi-structured interviews, was employed to evaluate program feasibility and demonstrate proof of concept.FindingsFeasibility findings were favorable, which indicates participants were satisfied with the program, liked the main program features, found the content helpful and had a positive experience using the website. Initial recruitment was strong, and engagement with the sessions was high; however, retention was poor with a 73.5 percent attrition rate. Significant pre- to post-changes were found on measures of over-reactive discipline, parenting efficacy, emotion coaching, coping socialization, child physical activity support, rewarding eating and child externalizing and internalizing behaviors.Research limitations/implicationsStudy design and high attrition limit the ability to infer causality and generalize beyond the sample.Practical implicationsProviding support to parents through a universal health-promoting DD-PFI is viable, though issues involving retention need to be given full consideration.Originality/valueParents use of technology to access child care information is increasing, but most information online is not evidence-informed. Grow Online fills an important gap in the research and practice of DD-PFIs, and this study’s findings suggest a more rigorous evaluation is merited. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Children's Services Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
ISSN
1746-6660
DOI
10.1108/jcs-10-2018-0026
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Abstract

Digitally delivered, parent-focused interventions (DD-PFIs) are viewed as an important method for supporting child well-being. Few DD-PFIs include health-promotion and general-parenting content, and only some are intended for a universal audience. The purpose of this paper is to focus on a preliminary evaluation of Grow Online, which was designed to address this gap.Design/methodology/approachA mixed-methods design, including pretests and posttests and semi-structured interviews, was employed to evaluate program feasibility and demonstrate proof of concept.FindingsFeasibility findings were favorable, which indicates participants were satisfied with the program, liked the main program features, found the content helpful and had a positive experience using the website. Initial recruitment was strong, and engagement with the sessions was high; however, retention was poor with a 73.5 percent attrition rate. Significant pre- to post-changes were found on measures of over-reactive discipline, parenting efficacy, emotion coaching, coping socialization, child physical activity support, rewarding eating and child externalizing and internalizing behaviors.Research limitations/implicationsStudy design and high attrition limit the ability to infer causality and generalize beyond the sample.Practical implicationsProviding support to parents through a universal health-promoting DD-PFI is viable, though issues involving retention need to be given full consideration.Originality/valueParents use of technology to access child care information is increasing, but most information online is not evidence-informed. Grow Online fills an important gap in the research and practice of DD-PFIs, and this study’s findings suggest a more rigorous evaluation is merited.

Journal

Journal of Children's ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Mar 23, 2020

Keywords: Health promotion; Feasibility; Child well-being; Digital delivery methods; Parent-focused interventions; Proof of concept

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