Testing the Effectiveness of Behavioral Text Messages to Promote Attendance at HMRE Sessions
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|ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02787460|
Recruitment Status : Recruiting
First Posted : June 1, 2016
Last Update Posted : May 14, 2019
|Condition or disease||Intervention/treatment||Phase|
|Family Relations Marriage||Behavioral: Behavioral Text Messages||Not Applicable|
The University of Florida operates the SMART program, which will offer four relationship education programs, each targeting a different population: (1) Relationship Smarts PLUS, for high school youth; (2) Before You Tie the Knot, for couples interested in marriage; (3) ELEVATE, for couples, and (4) Smart Steps, for couples in stepfamilies. All programming is offered through the University of Florida's IFAS Extension service in Citrus, Duval, Manatee, Palm Beach, and Santa Rosa counties.
The STREAMS evaluation will test text messaging strategies with couples enrolled in ELEVATE and Smart Steps. It will examine whether text messages informed by behavioral insight theory can improve couples' attendance at relationship skills education group sessions, and if so, which kinds of messages are most effective. ACF staff have noted that among the most common technical assistance requests from HMRE grantees are help with improving participation. Even if relationship skills sessions are offered in a convenient location where adults receive other services and even if programs offer transportation, child care and other assistance to facilitate regular program attendance, achieving consistent participation in these voluntary programs can be challenging. The University of Florida study will help address these challenges by examining whether text messages based on behavioral theories can work as a simple, practical strategy for improving program participation in group sessions. More broadly, the site will also add to the large and growing effort across the federal government to study the use of behavioral interventions or "nudges" to improve social programs.
|Study Type :||Interventional (Clinical Trial)|
|Estimated Enrollment :||1500 participants|
|Intervention Model:||Parallel Assignment|
|Masking:||None (Open Label)|
|Official Title:||Testing the Effectiveness of Behavioral Text Messages to Promote Attendance at HMRE Sessions|
|Actual Study Start Date :||January 2017|
|Estimated Primary Completion Date :||July 2020|
|Estimated Study Completion Date :||October 2020|
Experimental: Behavioral Text Messages
Couples assigned to a treatment group will receive weekly behavioral theory-based messages encouraging them to attend the sessions.
Behavioral: Behavioral Text Messages
No Intervention: Simple Reminder Text Messages
Couples in the control group will receive "simple" reminder text messages that include the date, time, and location of their next group session
- Attendance at programming session [ Time Frame: Within 1 month of baseline ]Whether couple attends all 4 group programming sessions
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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02787460
|Contact: Ankita Patnaik, PhDemail@example.com|
|United States, Florida|
|University of Florida||Recruiting|
|Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32611|
|Contact: Christina Collingwood firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Contact (352) 273 - 3507|
|Principal Investigator:||Diane Paulsell||Mathematica Policy Research|