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Creating Opportunities Through Mentoring, Parenting and Safe Spaces - Democratic Republic of Congo (COMPASS)

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ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02384642
Recruitment Status : Completed
First Posted : March 10, 2015
Last Update Posted : February 8, 2018
Sponsor:
Collaborators:
International Rescue Committee
Department for International Development, United Kingdom
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Lindsay Stark, Columbia University

Brief Summary:

The study is a randomized controlled trial of COMPASS, an intervention for adolescent girls in Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The study design will employ a two-arm randomized controlled trial where girls will be enrolled at the same time and randomized to receive a basic package of services, which includes life skills education and access to mentors in safe spaces, or the basic package plus a structured parenting intervention for girls' caregivers. An experimental design will be used to evaluate the relative impact of the parenting initiative in addition to the safe space program for girls. In addition, qualitative research will address additional questions of acceptability, processes of change and best practice.

Groups in North and South Kivu will be randomized so that every group is randomly designated as a group that will either roll out the core intervention or the intervention plus caregiver component. Groups that do not receive the parental intervention during the study will receive the intervention when the study is complete to reduce communal jealousies.

The intervention, the COMPASS program, will involve a structured intervention for girls between the ages of 10-14 that is intended to engage adolescent girls, those who are influential in their lives, service providers and other stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of co-creating environments in which girls are valued and safe. The program is centered on establishing or supporting community-supported safe spaces for girls where they can come and gather among themselves and participate in a structured life-skills curriculum. In addition to the safe spaces for girls, the COMPASS project will also implement structured activities for the parents and caregivers of participants.


Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Sexual Assault Interpersonal Relations Marital Status Domestic Violence Behavioral: COMPASS Behavioral: COMPASS plus parenting Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

The study will examine the relative impact of the parenting initiative in addition to the program for adolescent girls. The study will seek to determine whether the structured intervention with girls' parents has an added impact on outcomes improve girls' safety and well-being. Research will focus on unpacking the components of the program in order to determine which components or combination of components have the most impact. This research will include a mix of qualitative and quantitative approaches to establish a foundation for good programming that supports adolescent girls' safe and healthy transition into adulthood.

The study assessment will employ a mixed methods approach with most data collection occurring at pre-test/baseline and post-intervention, although a qualitative assessment will also be performed at the intervention midpoint as a process indicator. Quantitative survey methods will be used to evaluate attitudes towards a host of topics related to physical and financial assets and health-related behaviors. Survey questions will be administered using Audio Computer Assisted Self-Interviewing (ACASI) and Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI). Quantitative methods will be used to yield statistical measures of the scale of changes in attitudes, skills, and behaviors due to the intervention.

Qualitative methods will include in-depth semi-structured interviews and focus group discussions with girls, their family members and mentors, as well as participatory methods with girls to assess topics such as self-esteem, empowerment, and resilience.


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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Actual Enrollment : 1633 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Prevention
Official Title: Creating Opportunities Through Mentoring, Parenting and Safe Spaces - a Randomized Controlled Trial in Democratic Republic of Congo
Study Start Date : June 2015
Actual Primary Completion Date : November 2016
Actual Study Completion Date : December 2016

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MedlinePlus related topics: Parenting

Arm Intervention/treatment
Active Comparator: COMPASS
The COMPASS program will involve a structured intervention for girls between the ages of 10-14 that is intended to engage adolescent girls, those who are influential in their lives, service providers and other stakeholders, with the ultimate goal of co-creating environments in which girls are valued and safe. The program is centered on establishing or supporting community-supported safe spaces for girls where they can come and gather among themselves and participate in a structured life-skills curriculum.
Behavioral: COMPASS
COMPASS (Creating Opportunities through Mentoring, Parental involvement and Safe Spaces) is a program for 10-14 year old girls in Eastern DRC. The program is a structured intervention that is intended to engage adolescent girls, through life skills training and establishing or supporting community-supported safe spaces for girls where they can come and gather among themselves and participate in a structured life-skills curriculum.

Experimental: COMPASS plus parenting
In the COMPASS plus parenting intervention arm, girls will receive the COMPASS intervention, and In addition to the safe spaces for girls, the COMPASS project will also implement structured activities for the parents and caregivers of participants. The study will examine the relative impact of the parenting initiative in addition to the program for adolescent girls. The study will seek to determine whether the structured intervention with girls' parents has an added impact on outcomes improve girls' safety and well-being.
Behavioral: COMPASS plus parenting
The COMPASS plus parenting intervention is the core COMPASS intervention, plus activities for the parents and caregivers of participants.




Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Sexual violence in the past 12 months [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    A binary composite representing any form of sexual violence in the previous 12 months, which included self-reported forced sex, unwanted sexual touching, or coerced sex


Secondary Outcome Measures :
  1. Change in baseline prevalence of interpersonal relationships [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    This study will use a questionnaire to measure whether there is an increase in study participants' average number close friends from the pre-test to post-test evaluation. Girls will also self-report sources of emotional support such as comfort in discussing problems with a trusted female adult and comfort discussing topics such as education, marriage, puberty, pregnancy prevention, HIV/AIDS, and financial plans with caregivers

  2. Change in baseline prevalence of physical abuse [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    This study will use a questionnaire to measure whether the percentage of girls who self-reported experiencing beatings within the past 12 months decreases between the pre-test and post-test evaluation

  3. Change in baseline prevalence of early marriage [ Time Frame: 12 months ]
    This study will use a questionnaire to measure changes in the percentage of girls who self-reported being married from the pre-test to post-test evaluation.



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Ages Eligible for Study:   10 Years to 14 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   Female
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • female
  • aged 10-14
  • give informed consent

Exclusion Criteria:

- cognitive impairment


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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02384642


Locations
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United States, New York
International Rescue Commitee
New York, New York, United States, 10168
Sponsors and Collaborators
Columbia University
International Rescue Committee
Department for International Development, United Kingdom
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Lindsay Stark Associate Professor of Population and Family Health

Publications automatically indexed to this study by ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier (NCT Number):
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Responsible Party: Lindsay Stark, Associate Professor of Population and Family Health, Columbia University
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02384642     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: AAAO6612
First Posted: March 10, 2015    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: February 8, 2018
Last Verified: February 2018
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: Undecided
Keywords provided by Lindsay Stark, Columbia University:
Adolescent Health
Democratic Republic of Congo
Sexual Violence