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Gaceta Sanitaria

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RAMOS, Pilar; VAZQUEZ, Noelia; PASARIN, M. Isabel  and  ARTAZCOZ, Lucía. Evaluation a parenting skills pilot programme from a public health perspective. Gac Sanit [online]. 2016, vol.30, n.1, pp.37-42. ISSN 0213-9111.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.gaceta.2015.08.008.

Objective: To evaluate the process and the results of the pilot phase of the Parenting skills development programme for families (PSP), an evidence-based strategy to promote positive parenting skills in socio-educational and community settings. Methods: Before-after quasi-experimental design without a control group for the evaluation of the pilot phase of the PSD carried out in Barcelona (Spain) between October 2011 and June 2013. Eleven groups were established with the participation of 128 parents and 28 professionals. The intervention consisted of 10 or 11 sessions. Information was collected through questionnaires for parents and in-depth individual or group interviews for professionals. Parenting skills were identified through a questionnaire with six dimensions. The situation before the intervention (T0) and immediately after (T1) was compared. Results: In T1 the number of participants decreased to 83 (retention = 64.8%). Participants showed a high level of satisfaction with different dimensions of the program. On a maximum score of 10, the satisfaction of professionals was 8.7. Several key aspects and areas for improvement were identified for the future of the intervention. The quantitative analysis revealed improvements in all parenting skills dimensions and these improvements were consistent with the results of the qualitative analysis. Conclusions: The results of the pilot phase of this program suggest that a universal intervention on parenting skills can improve wellbeing among parents.

Keywords : Pilot projects; Qualitative analysis; Quantitative analysis; Parenting; Parenting education.

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