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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies 10/2015

30-01-2015 | Original Paper

Using Text Messaging to Improve Attendance and Completion in a Parent Training Program

Auteurs: Kantahyanee W. Murray, Kristen Woodruff, Catherine Moon, Carolyn Finney

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Child and Family Studies | Uitgave 10/2015

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Abstract

This study examines the efficacy of using text message reminders to increase attendance and completion in a sample of parents at high risk for child maltreatment participating in a 10-week parent training program. Study participants (N = 117) were randomized to the Standard (control) or Text Message (intervention) group. Hierarchical regression models were used to test the relation between group and two outcomes—attendance and program completion—after controlling for demographics and baseline parenting stress scores. Attendance rates were similar for the Standard and Text Message groups, with no statistically significant differences in bivariate and multivariate analyses. Program completion rates were higher in the Text Message group than the Standard group in bivariate analysis. The final model testing the relation between the Text Message group and completion, after controlling for parenting stress, was statistically significant. Results suggest that sending text message reminders increased completion rates. The strategy appears to keep participants connected to the program, making them more likely to attend makeup sessions and fulfill requirements to complete the program. Results are promising regarding the use of text messages to improve parent training program completion rates. Future research should further evaluate this strategy in other parent training programs.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Using Text Messaging to Improve Attendance and Completion in a Parent Training Program
Auteurs
Kantahyanee W. Murray
Kristen Woodruff
Catherine Moon
Carolyn Finney
Publicatiedatum
30-01-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Child and Family Studies / Uitgave 10/2015
Print ISSN: 1062-1024
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-2843
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0115-9