Infant Psychiatry Home Visitation Program
This is a proposed home visitation program for families of children with externalizing behaviors who are on the wait list for psychiatric assessment at BC Children's hospital. The aim of this program is to implement and evaluate a home visitation strategy in order to support those waiting up to four months to consult a psychiatrist.
|Study Design:||Endpoint Classification: Efficacy Study
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
|Official Title:||Externalizing Behavior in Early Childhood: A Randomized Control Evaluation of a Home Visitation Program|
- Reduction of externalizing disorders and child's aggression [ Time Frame: Participants will be followed for the duration of their time on the Clinic's wait list, an expected average of 10 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The specific units of measure to be assessed pre and post intervention are the mean scores of the CBCL (overall score, attention problems subscale, externalizing subscale, aggression subscale) and the PSI (overall score, parent distress sub scale, parent-child dysfunctional interaction, difficult child subscale).
- Measurement of parental stress [ Time Frame: Participants will be followed for the duration of their time on the Clinic's wait list, an expected average of 10 weeks ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Measurement of parental stress after the intervention was offered
|Study Start Date:||April 2009|
|Study Completion Date:||February 2011|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2010 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Experimental: Waitlist families
Experimental arm consisted of randomized waitlist families who received home visitation where mothers were taught to play with their children in a developmentally appropriate manner and also engaged in a co-construction task.
Control arm families did not get any active intervention. Parents from both arm types completed pre and post questionnaires to measure child's externalizing behaviors and parenting stress.
Parents from experimental group were encouraged to keep a diary of their play record.
Other: Clinical home visitation
Clinical Home visitation consisted of once a month visits to families on the experimental group. During those visits home visitors facilitated developmentally appropriate play guidance and co-construction tasks for the dyad.
The Home visitation program was developed in response to long wait lists for the Infant Psychiatry Program. This home visitation program intervention consists of the following components: Developmental guidance, empowerment of parents while respecting the parent-child attachment, and child centered interactional guidance. The home visitors ( a PhD student and a Masters level student) visit consenting families and gave the parents an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding their child's behaviors. They were instructed to co-construct a play that had to be child led. Home visitors facilitated this task. Parents completed the Child Behavior Checklist and Parenting Stress Index prior to and after the intervention. These home visitations occurred approximately once a month whilst the families were on the wait list for clinical assessment and treatment. Those families that were randomized in control group did not receive any intervention.
Extended description of the protocol, including information not already contained in other fields.
|Canada, British Columbia|
|British Columbia Children's Hospital|
|Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, V6H 3N1|
|Principal Investigator:||Pratibha Reebye||University of British Columbia|