Integrated Smart Speaker Promoting Positive Parenting Among Caregivers of Youth With Challenging Behaviors (FamilyNet)

Integrated Smart Speaker/Mobile Application to Promote Positive Parenting Among Caregivers of Youth With Challenging Behaviors

This project will develop and evaluate the feasibility of an integrated smart speaker and mobile/web-based application, "FamilyNet" (FN) to assist parents in implementing empirically supported behavioral parenting strategies to promote positive behavior change in their children. The FamilyNet system will help parents to create a positively framed, individualized behavioral plan for their child(ren), and then provide prompts, reminders, and tracking tools to help them effectively implement that plan. Once developed, FamilyNet will be field tested for usability and usefulness with a group of parents who have children ages 12-15 years exhibiting challenging behaviors. Establishing feasibility of this innovative parenting tool will have important implications for harnessing smart speaker and mobile/web technologies to provide parents in-situ support with parenting challenges; parents' effective implementation of empirically supported parenting strategies is likely to increase children's prosocial behaviors and reduce problematic behaviors, thus reducing their risk for long-term behavioral problems.

Study Overview

Detailed Description

This project will develop and establish feasibility of an integrated smart speaker and mobile/web application, FamilyNet, designed to help parents utilize best practices in behavioral parent training to create and implement personalized behavior plans for their children. The FamilyNet system will integrate mobile app, smart speaker technology, and website technologies to assist families in creating their behavior plan, and then will track compliance, timelines, incentives, and other details to assist parents in following through and maintaining the behavior change program that they have created. After development, the intervention program will be pilot-tested with 35 families of youth ages 12-15 with challenging behaviors.

Primary parents will complete measures of parenting practices and child behavior prior to using the FamilyNet system, and again after having access to the program for 4-6 weeks. During the intervention period, user information will be tracked. Post-intervention measures will also include primary parents' perceptions of usability and acceptability of and satisfaction with the FamilyNet system. Children and second parents will also complete satisfaction questionnaires at the post- intervention assessment. Data will be analyzed to determine the degree to which families are able to utilize the FamilyNet interface and report finding it helpful.

Study Type

Interventional

Enrollment (Estimated)

35

Phase

  • Not Applicable

Contacts and Locations

This section provides the contact details for those conducting the study, and information on where this study is being conducted.

Study Contact

Study Contact Backup

  • Name: Edward G. Feil, PhD
  • Phone Number: 541-484-2123
  • Email: ed@ori.org

Study Locations

    • Oregon
      • Eugene, Oregon, United States, 97403
        • Recruiting
        • Oregon Research Behavioral Intervention Strategies, Inc.
        • Contact:

Participation Criteria

Researchers look for people who fit a certain description, called eligibility criteria. Some examples of these criteria are a person's general health condition or prior treatments.

Eligibility Criteria

Ages Eligible for Study

12 years to 80 years (Child, Adult, Older Adult)

Accepts Healthy Volunteers

Yes

Description

Inclusion criteria:

  1. Primary parent/caregiver who has a child ages 12- to 15-years-old who lives with them at least half the time;
  2. Client of and referred to the study by partner family treatment services sites in Lane County, Oregon;
  3. Has a smartphone and access to email;
  4. Speaks English;
  5. The target child has a Strength & Difficulties Questionnaire total score or 14 or greater (top 20th percentile).

Exclusion criteria:

  1. The target-age child has a developmental disability severe enough that the child is unable to speak and/or follow simple directions;
  2. The parent is in active treatment for serious mental illness or serious addiction;
  3. The family is homeless.

Study Plan

This section provides details of the study plan, including how the study is designed and what the study is measuring.

How is the study designed?

Design Details

  • Primary Purpose: Treatment
  • Allocation: N/A
  • Interventional Model: Single Group Assignment
  • Masking: None (Open Label)

Arms and Interventions

Participant Group / Arm
Intervention / Treatment
Experimental: FamilyNet smart speaker/mobile application
In a 4- to 6-week period, families will use a prototype of the FamilyNet integrated and coordinated smart speaker/mobile application designed to provide families with in-situ experiential support for building positive behavior plans.
In a 4- to 6-week period, families will use a prototype of the FamilyNet integrated and coordinated smart speaker/mobile application designed to provide families with in-situ experiential support for building positive behavior plans. The prototype FamilyNet program will guide families in creating and implementing positive behavior plans to foster positive child behavior, consistent parenting, and promote a positive parent-child relationship.

What is the study measuring?

Primary Outcome Measures

Outcome Measure
Measure Description
Time Frame
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
Time Frame: Screening (Months 9-11)
Change in parents' reports of child behavior from pre-intervention to post-intervention 4-6 weeks later.
Screening (Months 9-11)
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
Time Frame: Baseline (T1 - Months 12-15)
Change in parents' reports of child behavior from pre-intervention to post-intervention 4-6 weeks later.
Baseline (T1 - Months 12-15)
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire
Time Frame: Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
Change in parents' reports of child behavior from pre-intervention to post-intervention 4-6 weeks later.
Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
Intervention Attitude Inventory
Time Frame: Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
Parents' reports of acceptability and satisfaction with the FamilyNet system, gathered at post-treatment.
Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
System Usability Scale
Time Frame: Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
Parents perceptions of FamilyNet program usability, gathered at post-treatment.
Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)

Secondary Outcome Measures

Outcome Measure
Measure Description
Time Frame
Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory 2
Time Frame: Baseline (T1 - Months 12-15)
Change in parents' reports of their parenting and child-rearing attitudes from pre-intervention to post-intervention 4-6 weeks later.
Baseline (T1 - Months 12-15)
Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory 2
Time Frame: Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
Change in parents' reports of their parenting and child-rearing attitudes from pre-intervention to post-intervention 4-6 weeks later.
Post-treatment (T2 -Months 13-17)
Families' usage of FamilyNet
Time Frame: During active intervention use (Months 12-17)
Families' usage of the FamilyNet program will be measured through usage metrics and transcripts collected on the back-end database.
During active intervention use (Months 12-17)

Other Outcome Measures

Outcome Measure
Measure Description
Time Frame
Parent Daily Report of Child Behavior
Time Frame: During active intervention use (Months 12-17)
Parents' reports of child behavior will be obtained 3-5 times weekly via the mobile app, in which parents answer questions about the type of child problem behaviors that have occurred over the last 24 hours.
During active intervention use (Months 12-17)

Collaborators and Investigators

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Investigators

  • Principal Investigator: David R. Smith, PhD, Oregon Research Behavioral Intervention Strategies, Inc.

Study record dates

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Study Major Dates

Study Start (Estimated)

January 31, 2024

Primary Completion (Estimated)

March 8, 2024

Study Completion (Estimated)

March 29, 2024

Study Registration Dates

First Submitted

February 7, 2022

First Submitted That Met QC Criteria

September 6, 2022

First Posted (Actual)

September 10, 2022

Study Record Updates

Last Update Posted (Actual)

December 5, 2023

Last Update Submitted That Met QC Criteria

December 1, 2023

Last Verified

December 1, 2023

More Information

Terms related to this study

Drug and device information, study documents

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated drug product

No

Studies a U.S. FDA-regulated device product

No

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