Project APPROACH: Adaptation of a Parenting Program for Refugees in Order to Advance Child Health
"Project APPROACH aims to evaluate the adaptation and implementation of an evidence-based parenting curriculum (SafeCare-PCI) that will be delivered to migrant and refugee families with young children in Clarkston, GA."
SafeCare is a behavioral parenting program that addresses three parenting skills critical for the prevention of child maltreatment among parents of children ages 0-5: parent-child interactions, home safety, and child health.
The PCI module includes two protocols, one for parents of infants 0-12 months, and a second for parents of children 1 to 5 years old. Both protocols promote positive parent-child relationships by teaching parents to attend to their children and interact with them through language, stimulating play activities, and positive verbalizations and touch..
Parents of toddlers and older children are also taught to structure activities using planned activities training, in which parents are taught to talk with their child about activities, engage them in making choices, explain rules, provide positive reinforcers while ignoring minor misbehaviors, and give positive consequences for the child’s success
Our study will focus on the parent-child interaction module (PCI) of SafeCare because it most directly addresses the type of positive, nurturing behaviors that have been demonstrated to promote positive parenting and improved children’s development outcomes.
- 240 families will be enrolled to receive SafeCare-PCI by either a service provider or a community worker that is fluent in the native language the family.
- SafeCare providers will collect data on caregiver’s demonstration of parenting skills during regular visits with the families.
- A native-speaking data-collector will administer a computer survey with each participant in their home to assess family outcomes including parenting behavior, parent-child relationship, parenting stress, and child social and emotional health.
- We will also collect interviews from a subset of families receiving SafeCare as well as families that refused SafeCare services regarding intervention barriers and effectiveness.