Effects of a Worksite Parenting Program

This study has been completed.
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
University of California, Los Angeles
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
RAND
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier:
NCT00465010
First received: April 23, 2007
Last updated: October 14, 2011
Last verified: October 2011
  Purpose

Many adolescents in the U.S., even very young adolescents, are engaging in sexual risk behaviors that put them at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancy. Studies show that parents can play a significant role in promoting healthy sexual development and risk reduction among adolescents. The UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion has developed Talking Parents, Healthy Teens, a worksite-based parenting program for parents of adolescents (grades 6-10) to improve parent-adolescent communication and reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors. We are evaluating the effectiveness of the program primarily with confidential surveys of the participants before and after the program.


Condition Intervention
Adolescent Sexual Risk Behaviors
Behavioral: Talking Parents, Healthy Teens

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Talking Parents, Healthy Teens: A Worksite-Based Parenting Program for Parents of Adolescents

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Further study details as provided by RAND:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Parent-child communication [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 9, 15, 21, 27, 33, 39, & 45 months post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Parenting behaviors [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 9, 15, 21, 27, 33, 39, & 45 months post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
  • Adolescent health behaviors [ Time Frame: 0, 3, 9, 15, 21, 27, 33, 39, & 45 months post-intervention ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]

Enrollment: 1252
Study Start Date: April 2002
Study Completion Date: March 2009
Primary Completion Date: March 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Behavioral: Talking Parents, Healthy Teens
    Talking Parents, Healthy Teens is a worksite-based parenting program to help parents of 6th-10th graders learn to promote their adolescents' healthy sexual development. The program is administered in 8 weekly one-hour sessions during the lunch hour to groups of about 15 parents and focuses on parent-adolescent relationships and communication, with an emphasis on promoting sexual health and reducing sexual risk. It is led by a trained facilitator and assistant facilitator.
Detailed Description:

Many adolescents in the U.S., even very young adolescents, are engaging in sexual risk behaviors that put them at risk for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) and unintended pregnancy. Studies show that parents can play a significant role in promoting healthy sexual development and risk reduction among adolescents. Parenting approaches such as engaging in open and responsive communication, providing appropriate levels of supervision, and keeping involved in children's lives are associated with better adolescent outcomes. However, many parents are uncertain about how to talk with their adolescents about sex. Worksites provide an untapped but promising setting in which to reach parents to help them develop parenting and communication skills.

The UCLA/RAND Center for Adolescent Health Promotion has developed a worksite-based parenting program for parents of adolescents (grades 6-10) to improve parent-adolescent communication and reduce adolescent sexual risk behaviors. Specifically, the Center has developed Talking Parents, Healthy Teens for parents with adolescent children to teach communication skills as well as basic facts about sex and other important adolescent issues. The program aims to help parents understand adolescent development and the changes in adolescents' thoughts and feelings about sexual issues and other risk behaviors. It helps parents develop skills for discussing sensitive but important topics with their adolescents, and for teaching their adolescents decision-making and problem-solving skills. The program also emphasizes the importance of parents knowing what is going on in their adolescents' lives (often called parental monitoring). Although parents feel a need for help on such issues, they often tend to be too busy to attend ongoing programs. Therefore, we bring the program to them at their worksite. The program involves groups of about 12-15 parents who meet for an hour at lunch-time once a week for eight consecutive weeks. We serve a free lunch during the sessions.

We are evaluating the effectiveness of the Talking Parents, Healthy Teens program primarily with confidential surveys of the participants before and after the program. We also ask participants' adolescents (who are not in the parenting program) to fill out surveys as well. Among parents who initially express interest in the program, we randomize parents after they complete their baseline survey into an intervention group that takes the parenting program and a control group that does not. Both of these groups fill out confidential surveys over the course of several years. After the study has been conducted at a number of worksites, the research team will statistically compare survey answers for the two groups to see how well the program works. The results of the evaluation will be submitted for publication in academic journals.

  Eligibility

Ages Eligible for Study:   11 Years to 70 Years
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Parents of adolescents in grades 6-10
  • Parents must spend at least two days per week with their adolescents
  • One parent per household/family
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Locations
United States, California
RAND
Santa Monica, California, United States, 90407
Sponsors and Collaborators
RAND
University of California, Los Angeles
Investigators
Principal Investigator: Mark A. Schuster, MD, PhD RAND and UCLA