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Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2014 Sep;37(3):222-31. doi: 10.1037/prj0000080. Epub 2014 Jun 30.

Assessing an Internet-based parenting intervention for mothers with a serious mental illness: a randomized controlled trial.

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1
Office of Councilman-At-Large Dennis M. O'Brien, City of Philadelphia.
2
School of Social Policy and Practice, University of Pennsylvania.
3
TU Collaborative on Community Inclusion, Temple University.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This study examined the effectiveness of an Internet parenting education and support intervention among mothers with a serious mental illness (SMI).

METHODS:

Sixty mothers diagnosed with a schizophrenia spectrum or mood disorder who had primary/shared custody for a child 18 or younger were enrolled in a randomized controlled trial (RCT) with two conditions. The experimental condition involved participation in the online parental education course and a listserv co-moderated by a parent with a mental illness and a mental health professional. The control condition involved participation in online education healthy lifestyle course. Standardized measures were used at baseline and 3 months to assess outcomes. Using an intent-to-treat approach, group differences over time were assessed using a two-tailed independent sample t test on all dependent variables, including parental efficacy, skills, coping, support, and stress.

RESULTS:

Participation in an online parenting intervention for mothers with a SMI enhanced parenting and coping skills, and decreased parental stress. No support was found for improved efficacy or support.

CONCLUSION:

This RCT establishes that mothers with a SMI are interested in and capable of receiving online parenting education and support. Findings demonstrate that an online parenting intervention can improve parenting and coping skills and decrease parental stress.

PMID:
24978623
DOI:
10.1037/prj0000080
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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