A cluster randomised controlled trial and process evaluation of the early years DELTA parenting programme

Sarah Miller, Helen Harrison

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Abstract

This paper reports the results from a cluster randomised controlled trial (RCT) and process evaluation of the Early Years DELTA Parenting Programme; a six-week, group based intervention. The evaluation was part funded by DELTA and involved 23 primary schools and 334 parents. Results showed that intervention parents reported increased parental self-efficacy in relation to: knowledge of their child’s development and needs; self-acceptance as a good parent, and; disciplining and setting boundaries. No change was observed in the remaining outcome areas. Parent interviews indicated a high level of programme satisfaction and the main benefits reflected the outcomes measured by the RCT. This small, robust evaluation is commensurate with other similar research demonstrating the effectiveness and reach of short-term, group-based parenting programmes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-60
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Educational Research
Volume74
Early online date20 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015

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