This trial is active, not recruiting.

Conditions staying strong with schools intervention, waitlist control
Treatment staying strong with schools intervention
Sponsor Massachusetts General Hospital
Start date September 2014
End date June 2016
Trial size 300 participants
Trial identifier NCT02378051, 2014P000867


The purpose of this study is to examine whether Staying Strong With Schools, a school-based intervention to support military-connected children, will be helpful for school professionals and military parents in supporting specific needs of this population of children. As part of the partnership between three school districts in Massachusetts and the Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital Home Base Program, the investigators will examine the efficacy of a training delivered to these schools. The schools will be randomly divided into two groups (like a toss of a coin). Half of the schools will receive the training in 2014-2015, and the other half will be waitlisted and receive the training the following year (2015-2016). All participants (school teachers, military-connected children, and their parents) will be asked to complete questionnaires the first year. The investigators hypothesize that, compared to the control schools, at the end of the school year, SSWS schools will be associated with: (1) greater sense of competence and quality of relationships with military-connected children (MCC) among school professionals; (2) lower parental distress and increased parental sense of competence and general family functioning; and (3) increased social support, and fewer academic, emotional, and behavioral problems among MCC. The investigators hypothesize that an increase in school professionals' sense of competence in identifying and handling MCC's needs, increased quality of relationships with MCC, lower parental distress, increased parental sense of competence, and increased general family functioning will mediate the efficacy of SSWS on MCC's social support and psychosocial functioning.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Endpoint classification efficacy study
Intervention model single group assignment
Masking open label
Primary purpose prevention
The Staying Strong with Schools Intervention includes: (a) a training of all school professionals, and (b) a year-long training and supervision of the school guidance counselor (RSL), by a Liaison-Trainer (LT).
staying strong with schools intervention
On-Site Training to Raise Awareness about the Stress of Parental Deployment and Review Resources Helpful in Promoting military-connected children (MCC)'s Resilience. A 60-minute training will be delivered by our Liaison Trainer on-site to school professionals at the beginning of the school year. Training and supervision of the Resilience Support Liaison (RSL). In each school receiving the Staying Strong with Schools intervention, we will train the guidance counselor to take on the role of a RSL. The RSL will develop for each MCC an individual resilience support plan that will outline the specific intervention components that will be applied for him/her.
(Placebo Comparator)
The waitlist control schools will receive an educational pamphlet outlining resources useful to support military-connected children to be distributed to all educators at the beginning of the Year 1. They will then receive the Staying Strong with Schools Intervention in Year 2.

Primary Outcomes

The Teachers' Sense of Efficacy Scale
time frame: up to two years
The Student-Teacher Relationship Scale
time frame: up to two years

Secondary Outcomes

Parenting Sense of Competence Scale
time frame: up to two years
Depression, Anxiety and Stress Scale
time frame: up to two years
McMaster Family Assessment Device
time frame: up to two years
Behavior Assessment System for Children, Second Edition
time frame: up to two years
Child and Adolescent Social Support Scale
time frame: up to two years

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 6 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - For school teachers: age 18 or older, employed as teacher in a participating school, willingness to participate in the intervention and able to participate in the informed consent process. - For military-connected children: age < 18, and currently in grade 1 through 6, student in a participating school, at least one parent who currently serves, or had served in the military since 9/11/01, children without a participating classroom teacher will not receive teacher-rated assessments, but will not be excluded from the school based intervention, parent gives permission for child to participate. - For military parents: male or female, age 18 or older, parent of a child enrolled in one of the participating schools, parent or co-parent currently serves, or had served in the military since 9/11/01, parent of a military-connected child that is eligible to participate, willing to participate, and able to give informed consent, and permission to release test scores, and have their child participate in SSWS, and self-report, parental and teachers' assessments. Exclusion Criteria: - For teachers: unable to attend the initial training, unable to participate in the informed consent process. - For military-connected children: decline participation, determination by the principal or teacher that participation would not be in the military-connected child's best interest for any reason. - For military parents: unable to participate in the informed consent process.

Additional Information

Official title Staying Strong With Schools - A School-Based Resilience Support Intervention for Military-Connected Children: A Preliminary Examination of Efficacy
Principal investigator T.H. Eric Bui, MD, PhD
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in February 2015.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Massachusetts General Hospital.