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The Grow parenting program: demonstrating proof of concept

The Grow parenting program: demonstrating proof of concept Parent-focused interventions (PFIs) are a promising method for supporting parents and promoting children’s well-being. Few PFIs in the USA, however, include physical health promotion content and are universal programs. The purpose of this paper is to describe a universal health-promoting PFI for parents of elementary school-aged children and demonstrate proof of concept.Design/methodology/approachThe program emphasizes positive parenting practices, stress management skills and physical health promotion strategies and recommendations, and is part of a larger initiative that includes a continuum of universal, developmentally appropriate, health-promoting PFIs for civilian and military parents. The program was implemented at two community sites in rural Pennsylvania with 20 civilian parents completing pretests and posttests. Study measures assessed parenting, stress and stress management and physical health promotion related outcomes.FindingsParents reported decreases in suboptimal discipline and feeding practices, stress and child internalizing behavior. They also reported increases in their sense of control in managing child behavior, coping socialization, child’s outdoor playtime and health recommendations met.Research limitations/implicationsWhile these preliminary findings may not be generalizable, they serve as proof of concept, which suggests that more rigorous research on the program is warranted.Practical implicationsImplementing a universal, health-promoting PFI within the USA is viable and has the potential to impact multiple short-term outcomes.Originality/valueParents are among their child’s earliest and most influential educators, and this study lends further support to their role as health educators. Given the significant public health benefits of holistically promoting child health, the time has come for universal PFIs to begin including physical health promotion content. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Health Education Emerald Publishing

The Grow parenting program: demonstrating proof of concept

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
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© Emerald Publishing Limited
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0965-4283
DOI
10.1108/he-01-2018-0005
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Abstract

Parent-focused interventions (PFIs) are a promising method for supporting parents and promoting children’s well-being. Few PFIs in the USA, however, include physical health promotion content and are universal programs. The purpose of this paper is to describe a universal health-promoting PFI for parents of elementary school-aged children and demonstrate proof of concept.Design/methodology/approachThe program emphasizes positive parenting practices, stress management skills and physical health promotion strategies and recommendations, and is part of a larger initiative that includes a continuum of universal, developmentally appropriate, health-promoting PFIs for civilian and military parents. The program was implemented at two community sites in rural Pennsylvania with 20 civilian parents completing pretests and posttests. Study measures assessed parenting, stress and stress management and physical health promotion related outcomes.FindingsParents reported decreases in suboptimal discipline and feeding practices, stress and child internalizing behavior. They also reported increases in their sense of control in managing child behavior, coping socialization, child’s outdoor playtime and health recommendations met.Research limitations/implicationsWhile these preliminary findings may not be generalizable, they serve as proof of concept, which suggests that more rigorous research on the program is warranted.Practical implicationsImplementing a universal, health-promoting PFI within the USA is viable and has the potential to impact multiple short-term outcomes.Originality/valueParents are among their child’s earliest and most influential educators, and this study lends further support to their role as health educators. Given the significant public health benefits of holistically promoting child health, the time has come for universal PFIs to begin including physical health promotion content.

Journal

Health EducationEmerald Publishing

Published: Jul 24, 2018

Keywords: Health promotion; Behaviour change; Physical activity; Community-based interventions; Parenting; Eating behaviour

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