Home and group-based implementation of the "Growing Up Happily in the Family" program in at-risk psychosocial contexts

  1. Miriam Álvarez Lorenzo 1
  2. Sonia Padilla Curra 1
  3. María Luisa Máiquez Chaves 1
  1. 1 Universidad de La Laguna

    Universidad de La Laguna

    San Cristobal de La Laguna, España

    ROR https://ror.org/01r9z8p25

Psychosocial Intervention

ISSN: 1132-0559

Year of publication: 2016

Volume: 25

Issue: 2

Pages: 69-78

Type: Article

DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2016.03.006 DIALNET GOOGLE SCHOLAR lock_openOpen access editor


"Growing Up Happily in the Family" is a program to prevent child maltreatment targeted at parents of children aged 0-5 years old in at-risk psychosocial contexts. The program is delivered via either a group-based or a home-visit format. The objective of this study was to evaluate the impact of various implementation components in the home and group versions on changes in parental attitudes about child development and education. At-risk and non at-risk parents participated in the group-based (196 participants in 26 groups) and home-visit (95 participants) versions of the program delivered through local social services. We analyzed program adherence, adaptations, participant responsiveness, quality of delivery, and implementation barriers as predictors of changes in parental attitudes. The results showed that greater program adherence, better quality of delivery and participant responsiveness, and positive climate predicted changes in parental attitudes in both formats. Therefore, it is important to take into account the quality of the implementation process when testing the effectiveness of early group-based and home-visit interventions in at-risk families.

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