Research Reports - Web-based parenting skills program for pediatric traumatic brain injury reduces psychological distress among lower-income parents

J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2015 Sep-Oct;30(5):347-56. doi:
10.1097/HTR.0000000000000052.

Raj SP(1), Antonini TN, Oberjohn KS, Cassedy A, Makoroff KL, Wade SL.

OBJECTIVE: To examine changes in parent depression, psychological distress,
parenting stress, and self-efficacy among participants in a randomized trial of a
Web-based parent training program for pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI).
METHODS: Primary caregivers of 37 children aged 3 to 9 years who sustained a
moderate/complicated mild to severe TBI were randomly assigned to the
intervention or control group, and both groups were equipped with home Internet
access. The online parent training program was designed to increase positive
parenting skills and improve caregiver stress management. It consisted of 10 core
sessions and up to 4 supplemental sessions. Each session included self-guided Web
content, followed by a videoconference call with a therapist to discuss content
and practice parenting skills with live feedback. Families in the control group
received links to TBI Web resources.
RESULTS: Parent income moderated treatment effects on parent functioning.
Specifically, lower-income parents in the parenting skills group reported
significant reductions in psychological distress compared with lower-income
parents in the control group. No differences were found among higher-income
parents for depression, parenting stress, or caregiver efficacy.
CONCLUSIONS: Parent training interventions post-TBI may be particularly valuable
for lower-income parents who are vulnerable to both environmental and
injury-related stresses. 

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