Advances in Mental Health, Vol 10, No 2 (2011)

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Parenting Program Uptake: Impacts of Implementation Factors on Intention to Enrol

Emily Hindman, Anna Brooks, Rick van der Zwan

Abstract


Increasingly, parenting programs are being recognised as one potential tool by which to address the rising incidence of childhood mental health problems. Indeed, based on their suitability as a population-level intervention and on robust evidence of the associated positive outcomes of such programs, government-funded implementation is increasing. A remaining obstacle to maximal uptake of such programs is, however, characteristics inherent to their delivery: Such factors have the capacity to influence caregivers' intention to enrol .The aim of the present study was therefore, systematically to identify those factors. Caregivers of children aged 3 to 8 years were recruited from 13 child care centres to participate in two phases of research. In Phase 1 caregivers (N = 52) identified their preferences regarding implementation factors of parenting program. In Phase 2 (N = 41) concrete examples were generated to test empirically how well those preferences translated into intention to enrol. Two main findings are reported: First, it seems the time of day at which a program is held significantly impacts on caregivers' enrolment intentions. Second and perhaps most importantly, data suggest that caregivers' abstract preferences regarding implementation factors can predict actual intention to enrol.






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