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Evaluation of an intervention aimed at supporting new parents: the Baby Newsletter

Panza, Costantino, Volta, Alessandro, Broccoli, Serena, Bonvicini, Laura, Kendall, Sally, Marchesi, Maddalena, Giorgi Rossi, Paolo (2020) Evaluation of an intervention aimed at supporting new parents: the Baby Newsletter. Italian Journal of Pediatrics, 46 . p. 123. ISSN 1824-7288. (doi:10.1186/s13052-020-00886-5) (KAR id:83595)

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Background: Anticipatory guidance for parents is commonly used to improve parenting skills. The objective of this pre/post-intervention controlled study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a periodic newsletter with advice on childcare and development in improving parenting self-efficacy.

Results /findings: One hundred thirty-six families accepted to participate in the study. Scores at 12 months were higher than 1 week after delivery in both groups for all TOPSE domains. The improvement was slightly stronger in the Newsletter group for almost all the skills except learning and knowledge [difference in the mean of variation: -0.48 (95% CI: − 3.17; 2.21)]; the difference was significant only for play and enjoyment [2.18 (95% CI: 0.12; 4.25)]. The increase in scores in almost all domains was more pronounced for parents with high education level at first child.

Conclusions: The intervention was effective in improving parents’ ability to play. However, it risks worsening existing differences between parents with high and with low education levels.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/s13052-020-00886-5
Uncontrolled keywords: Anticipatory guidance, Parenting, Self-efficacy, Parent-child relationship, Infant, Primary care
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Meg Dampier
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2020 12:57 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:15 UTC
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