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Recruitment and group composition strategies for family-based substance misuse prevention interventions: an exploratory evaluation

Segrott, Jeremy 2013. Recruitment and group composition strategies for family-based substance misuse prevention interventions: an exploratory evaluation. Journal of Children's Services 8 (2) , pp. 89-109. 10.1108/JCS-03-2013-0007

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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to report findings from an evaluation of the Strengthening Families Programme 10-14 (UK) (SFP 10-14 UK), focusing on the strategies used to recruit families into a universal prevention intervention, the approach taken to group composition, and the experiences of participating families. Design/methodology/approach – Methods comprised interviews with programme coordinating team members, a focus group with programme facilitators, focus groups with parents and young people, observation of programme sessions and coordinator visits to families, and analysis of programme questionnaires. Findings – Paying attention to group composition and the needs of families with challenges holds promise in terms of reach and acceptability, delivery fidelity, enabling intended psycho-social programme processes and promoting positive changes in parenting and family communication. Originality/value – First, the paper examines the development of strategies for recruiting participants, which has been identified as a key implementation challenge. Second, it explores approaches for managing group composition and dynamics in family-based programmes. While much has been written about the development of group norms and peer learning processes in interventions for young people, less has been written about how group dynamics work in programmes involving both parents and young people and the implications for implementation fidelity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Development and Evaluation of Complex Interventions for Public Health Improvement (DECIPHer)
Healthcare Sciences
Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Subjects: R Medicine > RT Nursing
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN: 1746-6660
Funders: Wales Office of Research and Development in Health and Social Care through its funding of the All Wales Alliance for Research and Development in Health and Social Care (AWARD)
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 30 March 2016
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:37
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/52527

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