Using administrative data to evaluate a population-based parenting intervention

Project number: 
13-002
Approval date: 
Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Principal Investigator: 
Dahinten,Susan
Institution: 
University of British Columbia (UBC)
Funding Agency: 
Canadian Institutes of Health Research(CIHR)
Datasets requested: 
Medical Services Plan (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation registry (Ministry of Health)
Hospital Separations (BC Ministry of Health)
consolidation - census geocodes
Consolidation file (BC Ministry of Health)
Consolidation - demographic (Ministry of Health)
Early Development Instrument (Human Early Learning Partnership)
Research objective: 

Three research questions will be addressed:

1. What is the association between selected health and developmental outcomes for children less than 16 years of age, and implementation of the Triple P, when comparing treatment versus non-treatment communities?

2. What is the association between selected mental health outcomes for mothers with children less than 16 years of age, and implementation of the Triple P, when comparing treatment versus non-treatment communities?

3. What program features and community characteristics are associated with benefits of a universal parenting program for children and mothers?

Outcomes measures from administrative data sources will include measures of: (a)school readiness; (b)educational outcomes measuring numeracy, reading, and writing skills (in grades 4 and 7); (c)child behaviour problems; (d)child/parent mental health conditions; and (e)rates of child maltreatment, and foster home placements.

It is anticipated that mothers and children in treatment communities (where Triple P is implemented) will have more positive outcomes compared to mothers and children in non-treatment communities. In addition, it is expected that some of the program features (e.g., program intensity and dosage) as well as community characteristics (e.g., unemployment rate, population aged 15+ and proportion of individuals aged 25-54 without high school) will explain the observed differences between the treatment and non-treatment communities.

Publications: 

Journal Publication

  • Dahinten, V. S., Arim, R. G., Guèvremont, A., & Kohen, D. E. (2014). The case for using administrative data to examine a population-based parenting intervention. International Journal of Child Health and Human Development, 7(2), 115-124.

Presentation of research material (poster/seminar/lecture etc.)

  • Arim, R. G., Guèvremont, A., Dahinten, V. S., Kohen, D. E., Knott, C., & Pace, E. (2013, April). The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: Using administrative data to examine associations with school readiness. Poster session presented at the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.

Conference abstract/presentation

  • Guèvremont, A., Arim, R. G., Dahinten, V. S., & Kohen, D. E. An evaluation of Triple P using Population-based administrative health data. Conference in May 2016  
  • Guèvremont, A., Arim, R. G., Dahinten, V. S., & Kohen, D. E. (2016, February). An evaluation of Triple P using population-based administrative health data. Poster presentation at the Helping Families Change Conference, Banff, AB.
  • Dahinten, V. S., Arim, R. G., Guèvremont, A., & Kohen, D. E. (2016, February). Opportunities and challenges of using administrative data for population-based Triple P program evaluation. Poster presentation at the Helping Families Change Conference, Banff, AB.
  • Dahinten, V. S., Arim, R. G., Kohen, D. E., Brehaut, J. C. (2014, September). Opportunities and challenges of working with administrative data to study adolescent health. Paper presentation at the biennial meeting of the European Association for Research on Adolescence, Izmir, Turkey.

Book (or book chapter)

  • Dahinten, V. S., Arim, R. G., Guèvremont, A., & Kohen, D. E. (2015). The case for using administrative data to examine a population-based parenting intervention. In J. Merrick (Ed.), Child health and human development yearbook 2014 (pp. 123-134). New York: Nova Science Publishers.

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