A model of intention to participate in parenting interventions: The role of parent cognitions and behaviors

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Gonzalez, Carolina, Morawska, Alina and Haslam, Divna M.. 2021. "A model of intention to participate in parenting interventions: The role of parent cognitions and behaviors." Behavior Therapy. 52 (3), pp. 761-773. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2020.09.006
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A model of intention to participate in parenting interventions: The role of parent cognitions and behaviors

ERA Journal ID6130
Article CategoryArticle
AuthorsGonzalez, Carolina, Morawska, Alina and Haslam, Divna M.
Journal TitleBehavior Therapy
Journal Citation52 (3), pp. 761-773
Number of Pages13
YearMay 2021
PublisherElsevier
Place of PublicationUnited States
ISSN0005-7894
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1016/j.beth.2020.09.006
Web Address (URL)https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0005789420301386
Abstract

A wide range of factors, from perceived child behavior problems to sociocultural factors, have been identified as impacting the engagement of parents in parenting interventions. However, parents’ cognitions and behaviors have not been evaluated sufficiently to understand their role in initial parental engagement. The current study aimed to examine why some parents are more likely to want to participate in parenting programs and how their cognitions and behaviors are related to their intention to participate in future parenting interventions. We tested the hypothesised model of parental factors on intention to participate using structural equation modelling (SEM) in AMOS. This study (N = 6,733) analyzed existing data from the International Parenting Survey (IPS), a web-based tool developed to collect information about parents’ views on family and parenting at a population level in several countries. Results showed that parents’ coercive parenting, parental consistency, positive encouragement, relationship with their child, parental self-efficacy, psychological distress, and help-seeking behaviors were significantly related to their intention to participate in future parenting interventions. The structural model of parents’ cognitions and behaviors explained 16% of the variance in intention to participate. Although the current model explained a small but significant percentage of the variance, it expands existing understanding regarding parental cognitions and behaviors and their relationship to intention. Implications for further research and engagement practice are discussed.

Keywordsparent cognitions; parent behaviors; parenting interventions; intention to participate; International Parenting Survey; structural equation modelling
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020520302. Clinical psychology
520101. Child and adolescent development
420603. Health promotion
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