Overview

This trial is active, not recruiting.

Condition health behavior
Treatments relationship enhancement, family stress and conflict management, financial management
Sponsor US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants
Start date July 2016
End date September 2020
Trial size 9350 participants
Trial identifier NCT02829086, 90FM0092-01-00

Summary

The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) will be conducting an evaluation of a healthy marriage and relationship program developed by USCRI titled Refugee Family Strengthening (RFS) Program. This program is funded through an initiative of the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA).

The study is intended to measure if the identified interventions improve the well-being of individuals and families within the refugee and immigrant population served by USCRI. Outcomes to be measured include behavioral outcomes and perceptual changes towards healthy relationships, family development, and positive home environment. The study will examine the following:

1. Participants will identify utilizing healthy marriage and relationship skills.

2. Participants will report an increase in satisfaction with conflict management with others after completion of the relationship workshop series.

3. Participants will report an increase in quality and time spent with children.

4. Participants will report an increase in economic stability.

United States No locations recruiting
Other Countries No locations recruiting

Study Design

Allocation randomized
Intervention model parallel assignment
Masking open label
Arm
(Experimental)
Participants in Group I will receive the following interventions: Intro to Relationship Enhancement (8 hours), Family Stress & Conflict Management (8 hours), and case management
relationship enhancement
Relationship Enhancement is a curriculum based program provided by a facilitator over an 8 hour skill-based education intervention.
family stress and conflict management
Family Stress and Conflict Management is a curriculum based program provided by a facilitator over an 8 hour skill-based education intervention.
(Experimental)
Participants in Group II will receive the following interventions: Intro to Relationship Enhancement (8 hours), RE & Financial Management (8 hours), and case management
relationship enhancement
Relationship Enhancement is a curriculum based program provided by a facilitator over an 8 hour skill-based education intervention.
financial management
Family Management is a curriculum based program provided by a facilitator over an 8 hour skill-based education intervention.
(No Intervention)
Participants in Group III will receive the the standard care of all participants, case management ONLY

Primary Outcomes

Measure
Healthy Relationship Skills - Questionnaire developed for intervention to measure change from before 8 hour intervention to after intervention
time frame: At program enrollment-during registration, immediately after completing 8 hour Relationship Enhancement intervention and at 6 month follow up.

Secondary Outcomes

Measure
Conflict Management Skills - Questionnaire developed for intervention to measure change from before 8 hour intervention to after intervention
time frame: At program enrollment-during registration, immediately after completing 8 hour Conflict Resolution intervention and at 6 month follow up.
Economic Stability - Questionnaire developed for intervention to measure change from before 8 hour intervention to after intervention
time frame: At program enrollment-during registration, immediately after completing 8 hour Financial Literacy intervention and at 6 month follow up.

Eligibility Criteria

Male or female participants at least 16 years old.

Inclusion Criteria: - Refugee or Immigrant Exclusion Criteria: - Individuals under the age of 16 - Individuals that are not identified as refugees or immigrants

Additional Information

Official title Evaluation the of U.S. Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI): Refugee Family Strengthening (RFS) Program
Principal investigator Jennifer Salerno, DNP
Description The US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants (USCRI) will be conducting an evaluation of a healthy marriage and relationship program developed by USCRI titled Refugee Family Strengthening (RFS) Program. This program is funded through an initiative of the Administration for Children and Families, Office of Family Assistance (OFA). The Refugee Family Strengthening (RFS) Program builds on literature and existing research from the healthy marriage and relationship initiatives developed by ACF over the last 10 years, in particular the Supporting Healthy Marriage Program initiative that established a randomized clinical trial. In addition, marriage and relationship education/ enrichment literature and research has expanded dramatically over the past 35 years. The most glaring shortcoming of this database is the limited types of populations that are sampled and included in studies. USCRI's RFS program will provide important data about a diverse group of subjects that is currently unavailable. The aim of the evaluation is to determine the effect of participating in two interventions on the population of refugee and immigrant couples, families, and individuals, served by USCRI. The program will target individuals ages 16 and older using a randomized control design. The program will be implemented with individuals, couples, and families. RFSP will recruit 9,350 individuals over the 5 year tenure of the project, 3115 of which will serve as control subjects, the remaining 6,235 subjects will be randomly assigned to intervention groups at each of the 11 selected sites that are participating in the project. Control subjects will not receive the intervention workshops, only case management. The intervention is to be delivered as follows: Group I: Intro to Relationship Enhancement (RE) (8 hours), Family Stress & Conflict Management (8 hours), and case management Group II: Intro to Relationship Enhancement (RE) (8 hours), & Financial Management (8 hours), and case management Group III: Case management ONLY Data will be collected and analyzed across 3 collection points: Pre-test immediately before the start of the interventions, Post-test immediately upon completion of the interventions, and again at 6 months following the pre-test date. Results will be analyzed to determine gains towards the following research questions: When participating in the RFS program: 1. Do individuals who participate in the two RFS interventions demonstrate favorable impact in the four program outcomes as compared to those who participate in the control? 2. What are the differences in gains for subjects who participate in the two different interventions? 3. What are the long-term effects of participation in the RFS interventions on individuals? The local evaluation is expected to reflect progress toward project outcomes and is anticipated to demonstrate significant results that will be highlighted and prepared for dissemination.
Trial information was received from ClinicalTrials.gov and was last updated in August 2016.
Information provided to ClinicalTrials.gov by US Committee for Refugees and Immigrants.