Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions problematic behavior in children, parent-child problem
Treatment foster parent intervention
Sponsor Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Start date January 2011
End date May 2013
Trial size 63 participants
Trial identifier NCT01821755, ID0032

Summary

The hypothesis of the study is that the intervention leads to a reduction in foster children's externalizing problems and foster parents' parenting stress and that this in turn leads to a reduction in the number of breakdowns of foster placements.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose treatment
Arm
(Experimental)
Foster parents receive a foster parent intervention consisting of 10 individual home visits and three group sessions. Duration of the intervention is four months
foster parent intervention
parent management training for foster parents, consisting of 10 individual home visits and 3 group sessions. Duration is four months
(No Intervention)
waiting-list control group who receive care-as-usual

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Change in foster child's externalizing problems from baseline to post-intervention (3.5 months later)
time frame: Assessed at two time points: at baseline (before the start of the intervention) en post-intervention (immediately after the intervention has ended, which is on average 3.5 months after the baseline measurement)
Change in foster child's externalizing problems from post-intervention to follow-up (3 months later)
time frame: Assessed at post-interventio (immediately after the intervention has ended, which is about 3.5 months after the baseline measurement) and at follow-up (which is thee months later than the post-intervention measurement).

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Change in foster parent's parenting stress from baseline to post-intervention (3.5 months later)
time frame: Assessed at two time points: at baseline (before the start of the intervention) en post-intervention (immediately after the intervention has ended, which is on average 3.5 months after the baseline measurement)
Change in foster mother's parenting stress from post-intervention to follow-up (3 months later)
time frame: Assessed at post-interventio (immediately after the intervention has ended, which is about 3.5 months after the baseline measurement) and at follow-up (which is thee months later than the post-intervention measurement).
Client satisfaction
time frame: At post-intervention (immediately after the intervention has ended, which is on average 3.5 months later than the baseline measurment
Change in foster mother's parenting behavior from baseline to post-intervention (3.5 months later)
time frame: Assessed at two time points: at baseline (before the start of the intervention) en post-intervention (immediately after the intervention has ended, which is on average 3.5 months after the baseline measurement)

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 3 years up to 12 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - foster child has a borderline or clinical score on one of the small-band externalizing scales or the broad-band externalizing scale of the Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL) Exclusion Criteria: foster child: - has a mental retardation, - autism, - uses psychotropic medication in an inconsistent way, - behavioral problems are the result of medical problems or medication, foster parents: - have insufficient knowledge of Dutch, - have low cognitive abilities, - are already receiving professional support for the foster child's externalizing problems, - are divorcing. Moreover, foster placements were excluded if at least two of the following criteria were present: - foster parents considered terminating the foster placement during the past two months - were experiencing psychological distress (measured with the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ; Koeter & Ormel, 1991) and defined as a score ≥ 2), - their foster child had a sum score above 3 (for children < 6 years) or 5 (for children ≥ 6 years) on the critical CBCL-items.

Additional Information

Official title Development, Implementation and Evaluation of a Foster Parent Intervention
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in April 2013.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Vrije Universiteit Brussel.