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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
Sponsor:
Collaborator:
Department of Health and Human Services
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.

Brief Summary:
The University of Florida offers relationship education programs named ELEVATE, for couples, and Smart Steps, for couples in stepfamilies, in Citrus, Duval, Manatee, Palm Beach, and Santa Rosa counties. Each workshop comprises 4 2.5-hour long sessions. The STREAMS evaluation 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

Condition or disease Intervention/treatment Phase
Family Relations Marriage Behavioral: Behavioral Text Messages Not Applicable

Detailed Description:

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.

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Study Type : Interventional  (Clinical Trial)
Estimated Enrollment : 1500 participants
Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
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

Arm Intervention/treatment
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



Primary Outcome Measures :
  1. Attendance at programming session [ Time Frame: Within 1 month of baseline ]
    Whether couple attends all 4 group programming sessions



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Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Older Adult
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes
Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Couple
  • Both partners consent to receive text messages

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Single Adults
  • Either Partner or both do not consent to receive text messages

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Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier (NCT number): NCT02787460


Contacts
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Contact: Ankita Patnaik, PhD 2022136678 apatnaik@mathematica-mpr.com

Locations
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United States, Florida
University of Florida Recruiting
Gainesville, Florida, United States, 32611
Contact: Christina Collingwood       ccollingwood@ufl.edu   
Contact    (352) 273 - 3507      
Sponsors and Collaborators
Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Department of Health and Human Services
Investigators
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Principal Investigator: Diane Paulsell Mathematica Policy Research
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Responsible Party: Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT02787460    
Other Study ID Numbers: MPR-500098-UF
First Posted: June 1, 2016    Key Record Dates
Last Update Posted: May 14, 2019
Last Verified: May 2019
Individual Participant Data (IPD) Sharing Statement:
Plan to Share IPD: No
Keywords provided by Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.:
Parenting
Family Relations
Marriage
Relationships