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BACKGROUND: This feasibility pilot of the Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children program in Thailand aimed to: 1) explore the feasibility of study evaluation approaches; 2) assess the feasibility of delivering an adapted program; 3) report indicative effects on child maltreatment and related outcomes; and 4) examine intervention content associated with key mechanisms of change perceived by caregivers and facilitators. METHOD: Sixty primary caregivers of children aged 2-9 years were recruited for an 8-week parenting program embedded within the local health system. Mixed-methods approaches included quantitative caregiver-report and observational data from standardized instruments, and qualitative data from individual and group interviews with caregivers and program facilitators. Analyses involved Wilcoxon signed-rank tests, paired t-tests, Friedman's ANOVA, and thematic analysis. RESULTS: Participants reported that most (65%) were grandparents or great-grandparents. Study retention and response rates were high, and enrolled caregivers attended an average of 93% of sessions. Primary outcomes showed caregiver-reported pre-post reductions in overall child maltreatment (d = - 0.58, p 

Original publication

DOI

10.1186/s12889-021-11081-4

Type

Journal article

Journal

BMC Public Health

Publication Date

29/05/2021

Volume

21

Keywords

Abuse prevention, Child abuse, Child maltreatment, Parenting, Positive parenting, Thailand, Violence prevention, Child, Child, Preschool, Feasibility Studies, Humans, Parent-Child Relations, Parenting, Public Health, Thailand, United States