Effects of Web-Based Parent Training on Caregiver Functioning Following Pediatric Traumatic Brain Injury: A Randomized Control Trial

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Abstract

Objective:

To examine the effects of a Web-based parenting intervention (I-InTERACT), and an abbreviated version (Express), on caregiver depression, psychological distress, parenting stress, and parenting efficacy following pediatric traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Setting:

Four children's hospitals and 1 general hospital in the United States.

Participants:

148 caregivers of 113 children aged 3 to 9 years with a moderate to severe TBI.

Design:

Multicenter randomized controlled trial. Participants were randomly assigned to I-InTERACT, Express, or an active control condition. Caregiver data were collected at baseline and postintervention (6 months later).

Intervention:

I-InTERACT (10-14 sessions) and Express (7 sessions) combine live coaching of parenting skills and positive parenting strategies.

Main Measures:

Center for Epidemiologic Studies Depression Scale (CES-D); Global Severity Index of the Symptom Checklist-90-R (GSI), Parenting Stress Index (PSI), and Caregiver Self-Efficacy Scale (CSES).

Results:

Analyses revealed no main effects of treatment on caregiver distress (GSI), parenting stress (PSI), or parenting efficacy (CSES). However, analyses examining baseline severity as a moderator found that caregivers with elevated levels of depression in I-InTERACT experienced significantly greater reductions in CES-D scores compared with caregivers in the active control condition.

Conclusions:

I-InTERACT reduced caregiver depression but no other facets of caregiver psychological functioning. Modifications to the treatment content may be necessary to reduce parenting stress and improve caregiver efficacy.

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