The goal of the Supportive Parenting Intervention is to prevent and/or decrease parenting stress and provide a sense of empowerment to parents with a newborn child. We evaluated the effectiveness of the Supportive Parenting Intervention in terms of parenting skills, social support, self-sufficiency, resilience, and child psychosocial health. A controlled trial with pre- and post-intervention testing was conducted in the setting of community pediatrics among parents at risk for developing parenting stress. The 177 parents in the control group received care-as-usual, whereas the 124 parents in the intervention group received six home visits by a trained Youth Health Care nurse during the first 18 months of the child's life. The result with respect to parenting skills, social support (both from family and friends, and the partner), self-sufficiency, and resilience at the 18-month follow-up was either unchanged or (p < 0.05) worse compared to the respective baseline score for both groups. We found no significant difference between intervention and control group with respect to the child's Child Behavior Check List (CBCL). This study shows no positive effect with respect to the indicators of parental empowerment. We recommend research to strengthen the intervention and its application in daily practice, for example by increasing the intervention duration, and to evaluate it in a large randomized controlled trial.

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van Grieken, A., Horrevoets, E. M. B., Mieloo, C., Bannink, R., Bouwmeester-Landweer, M.B.R. (Merian B R), Hafkamp-De Groen, E., … Raat, H. (2019). A Controlled Trial in Community Pediatrics to Empower Parents Who Are at Risk for Parenting Stress: The Supportive Parenting Intervention. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(22). doi:10.3390/ijerph16224508