Filipino Family Health Initiative

Clinical Trial ID: NCT04031170


The overall objective of this research is to test the effectiveness of a parenting program on Filipino parents living in Southern California. The sample will include 180 Filipino immigrant families, half of which will receive the Incredible Years® School Age Basic Parent Training Program (intervention) and the other half will receive the American Academy of Pediatrics' Bright Futures handouts (control).

The overall objective of the proposed research is to test the effectiveness of a parenting program (Incredible Years® School Age Basic Parent Training Program, IYP) on Filipino parents recruited from multiple community-based settings and its impact on trajectories of parenting practices, parenting stress, and child problem behavior. Evidence-based parenting interventions provided in early childhood have proven to be effective in preventing the onset and escalation of child mental health disorders. IYP is one of the best-studied and most highly regarded parent training programs. As a result of pilot studies funded by a NIH K23 and a NCATS KL2 award, the investigators have identified IYP as a community-identified solution for preventing behavioral health disparities, demonstrated IYP efficacy in improving parenting practices and parenting stress in Filipino parents, and child problem behavior. This population was chosen because: 1) Filipinos are the second largest immigrant population in the U.S. with the highest concentration living in Los Angeles; 2) Filipinos are exposed to multiple adversities, including immigration stress and relocation, loss of social status, and lower self-esteem due to discrimination, placing young children at risk for future behavioral and mental health problems; 3) U.S.-born Filipino youth exhibit higher rates of mental health problems than non-Hispanic whites and attain significantly lower levels of education than their foreign-born counterparts and other U.S.-born Asian American populations; and 4) Filipinos are less likely than non-Hispanic whites to participate in mental health and preventive care interventions. The proposed study will be a randomized controlled trial involving 180 parents of children aged 8-12 years old. Parents will be randomly chosen to receive either a) a 12 - week parenting intervention called the Incredible Years (intervention group) or b) AAP bright future handouts with general parenting advice (control group). Due to limited funding, the investigators are unable to offer the Incredible Years intervention to the control group. Additionally, the parent's child and child's teacher will be surveyed to increase the validity of outcome data. Findings will contribute to the scientific literature on preventive and early intervention programs for children at high risk for future behavioral problems. The data will also provide important information to understand the processes underlying how IYP affects parenting practices and subsequent child problem behavior among Filipino families. The importance of this research rests on its potential to prevent behavioral health disparities in this understudied and high-risk population.


NOTE: All parent and teacher participants in the study are 18 years or older. Youth participants are 8-12 years old. Since parents are the MAIN participants in this study (parents are randomized; students and teachers only fill out surveys), the age limits in this record are set for parents. Inclusion Criteria: - is 18 years or older - identified as a parent of at least one child aged 8-12 years - identifies as Filipino or Half-Filipino Exclusion Criteria: - if the parent plans to move out of the area during the next 9 months - parent does not speak English - has a target child with a developmental disability (Global Developmental Delay, GDD), Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD), or another significant developmental condition) - parent has completed Incredible Years school age program in the past

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