Integrating Evidence and Context to Develop a Parenting Program for Low-Income Families in South Africa

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Integrating Evidence and Context to Develop a Parenting Program for Low-Income Families in South Africa – Resources

Organisation/Publisher

Journal of Child and Family Studies

Authors

Jamie M. Lachman, Liora T. Sherr, Lucie Cluver, Catherine L. Ward, Judy Hutchings, Frances Gardner

From publication

Journal of Child and Family Studies

Publication date

01 Feb 2016

Uploaded on

18 Mar 2016

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Description

Children living in low- and middle-income countries, such as South Africa, face elevated risks of child maltreatment. Although evidence-based parenting programs have been shown to reduce rates of abuse in high-income countries, few studies have examined their effectiveness in low- and middle-income countries. Moreover, local cultural contexts may require the adaptation of evidence-based approaches in order to assure program acceptability and effectiveness.

This study focused on the  systematic development of an evidence-informed, locally relevant parenting program for socioeconomically disadvantaged families with parents of children aged 3–8 years, in Cape Town, South Africa. Intervention development took place over three stages:

  1. identification of common core intervention components in evidence-based parenting programs
  2. formative evaluation using qualitative in-depth interviews and semistructured focus groups with local practitioners and low-income parents,
  3. and development of intervention structure, format, and protocols.

The process resulted in a manualized, group-based, 12-session parenting program that integrated existing evidence of effective components within a local, culturally relevant context.  Recommended next steps are rigorous piloting to test feasibility and preliminary intervention effects followed by experimental trials to examine intervention effectiveness in a real-world setting.