Category: Dissemination / Implementation

Symposium

Involving Low-Income Ethnic-Minority Parents in Prevention and Early Intervention Services: A School-Based Service Model

Friday, November 17
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Location: Aqua 310, Level 3, Aqua Level

Keywords: Parent Training | School | Diversity
Presentation Type: Symposium

Positive parenting holds great promise as a counterbalance to the risks present for ethnic minority children in communities of poverty; thus, evidence-based parenting programs represent an important approach in the arsenal of services for children and youth. Low-income caregivers have demonstrated that they can adopt positive parenting practices through parenting programs; however, programs have demonstrated limited reach and suboptimal attendance rates, especially for low-income parents contending with multiple stressors. This study will examine a service model designed to engage low-income ethnic minority parents in services by embedding services in elementary schools; utilizing paraprofessional community members as service providers; offering services over the whole school year; and providing multiple concurrent formal and informal formats for services and supports, including parenting groups, home visits, informal individual contacts, and case management. This presentation will present findings from a longitudinal open trial using mixed effects regression models to examine: 1) patterns of parents’ participation in formal and informal service formats; 2) whether patterns of parent participation in services predict changes in parental involvement in their children’s schooling; and 3) whether parents’ initial perceptions of their children’s strengths and difficulties moderate associations between participation in services and changes in parental involvement in children’s schooling. This study provides a unique opportunity to better understand how parents who may be identified as non-attenders or dropouts in typically structured parenting programs participate in services designed to meet their needs through modifications to setting, format, timeline, and provider workforce. It will also provide important information regarding whether flexibly formatted, paraprofessional-implemented service models with opportunities for engagement extended over several months can feasibly and effectively disseminate empirically supported positive parenting practices and support parents in adopting them.

Davielle Lakind

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Marc S. Atkins

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology and Director of the Institute for Juvenile Research
University of Illinois at Chicago

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Tara Mehta

University of Illinois at Chicago

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Erika L. Gustafson

Graduate student
University of Illinois at Chicago

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