study descriptionFeasibility study.
core topic(s)Early Relational Health , Pediatric Primary Care
Population CharacteristicsInfant/Newborn , Medical Providers , Poverty/Low-Income , Pregnancy/Postpartum , Urban
Exposures, Outcomes, OtherClinic-Based Programs and Interventions , Creating Connections , Implementation and Evaluation , Parent Knowledge, Attitudes, and Beliefs , Parent-Provider Relationships/Interactions , Social-Emotional , Technology and Digital/Screen-Based Media , Validity, Reliability, Feasibility, and Acceptability
objectivesThis study reports the initial feasibility of the Creating Connections intervention, a technology-based intervention developed to support mothers of newborns, and feasibility of evaluating the intervention through a randomized clinical trial in pediatric primary care.
outcomes evaluatedIntervention feasibility.
settingMothers of newborns participated at their initial well-child check-up… Recruitment took place in an ambulatory care pediatric center that is part of a hospital in a large, Midwestern city.
methodsThe intervention includes: (a) a brief tablet-based intervention delivered during a newborn well-child pediatric checkup, and (b) tailored text messages delivered thereafter to boost intervention content. Intervention content includes empirically-supported aspects of parenting behaviors known to positively influence children’s social-emotional development. Project recruitment took place in an ambulatory care pediatric clinic in a large Midwestern city. Mothers received information about infant soothing, book sharing, or both.
sample sizen=73 (parents)
Measure of Program Participation: Research assistants tracked how many mothers were given the opportunity to participate (i.e., how many mothers were told about the project by the pediatrician) and how many declined/accepted participation.
Measure of Goals and Struggles: As part of the tablet-based program, mothers initially selected their main struggle since bringing their infant home; 10 response options were provided. Mothers were then asked about their most important goal for the upcoming year and seven response options were provided.
Measure of Receipt of Text Messages: Records of whether text messages were successfully delivered to participating mothers were kept. If mothers chose to end text messages, they could respond “STOP.” The rate at which mothers discontinued texts was recorded.
Measure of Text Message Ratings: At follow-up, mothers were asked three questions regarding their experience of receiving study related texts. Items were:
- How often did you read the entire text message that you received?
- How helpful was the content of the text messages?
- Would you be interested in receiving text messages like this for other projects?