Feasibility, acceptability, and effects of a peer support group to prevent child maltreatment among parents experiencing homelessness

Haskett, M. E.,
Okoniewski, K. C.,
Armstrong, J. M.,
Galanti, S.,
Lowder, E.,
Loehman, J.,
Lanier, P. J.
Year Published: 2017
Journal Article
Journal Name: 
Children and Youth Services Review
Volume: 73

Issue: February 2017

Parents and children experiencing homelessness face a variety of adverse factors that can place parents at risk for abuse or neglect of their children. The present authors evaluated Circle of Parents, a self-help support group designed to decrease child maltreatment, to assess whether it was a feasible, acceptable, and effective intervention for parents residing in shelters (N = 80). They used a quasi-experimental design and propensity score analysis, with a services-as-usual comparison group. Promising evidence was found for the acceptability and feasibility of Circle of Parents. However, Protective Factors Survey data showed little difference in outcomes between the intervention and services-as-usual comparison groups. Overall, findings pointed to emerging positive findings but underscored the need for continued examination of the effectiveness of Circle of Parents implemented in shelters and transitional housing. Modified Author Abstract.

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