This trial has been completed.

Condition parenting
Treatment mocep
Sponsor Yale University
Start date May 2014
End date September 2016
Trial size 106 participants
Trial identifier NCT02402556, 1403013605


The purpose of the Mother Child Education Program (MOCEP)—a group-based early childhood development parenting education program—is to provide school-readiness and parenting skills to mothers of young children who do not have access to preschool education services. The MOCEP intervention also provides a setting in which caregivers can model pro-social behaviors and practice conflict resolution techniques directly with young children.

United States No locations recruiting
Other countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
MOCEP is implemented over a period of 25 weeks, through weekly group meetings that last approximately three hours.
Through parent support and an evidence-based curriculum, MOCEP uses education to reduce risk factors that hinder children's health and wellbeing.
(Active Comparator)
For ethical reasons, no one recruited will be excluded from the opportunity to benefit from the intervention. MOCEP group will be the primary intervention group and the second group will act as the wait-listed control group. Although the families in the wait-listed control group will start out as a control group (not receiving the intervention), they will have the opportunity to participate in the intervention in a later round of implementation, after the intervention group has completed the program.
Through parent support and an evidence-based curriculum, MOCEP uses education to reduce risk factors that hinder children's health and wellbeing.

Primary Outcomes

Disciplinary Style Questionnaire
time frame: 25 weeks
Better Parenting Questionnaire
time frame: 25 weeks

Secondary Outcomes

Socio-Emotional Status: Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (child assessment)
time frame: 25 weeks
Parental Stress Index
time frame: 25 weeks
Duke Social Support Index
time frame: 25 weeks

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants from 3 years up to 6 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: 1. Child must be between 3 and 6 years of age (children age 7 may be accepted under special circumstances) 2. Mother must be able to read and write in Arabic (although skills may not be well-developed) 3. Mothers must commit to participate in the 25-week MOCEP Intervention program

Additional Information

Official title Implementation and Impact Evaluation of the Mother and Child Education Program (MOCEP) Among Children and Families in Palestinian Refugee Camps in Beirut, Lebanon
Principal investigator James Leckman, MD
Description The purpose of the evaluation study is to rigorously evaluate the impact of MOCEP on child and parent outcomes among Palestinian refugees in Beirut, Lebanon. This evaluation employs an innovative, mixed-methods bio-behavioral approach to investigate the associations among social contexts; maternal, child and family functioning; and reduction in violence through the promotion of harmonious family relationships. The results of this study have implications for improving the lives of and reducing violence for the hundreds of thousands of families with young children living in fragile contexts. We hypothesize that when MOCEP is implemented with fidelity (i.e., delivered as intended by design), participating families will experience reduced violence in their homes and have better individual and intra-family outcomes than families who do not participate in the program.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in December 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by Yale University.