Technology-assisted interventions for parents of young children: Emerging practices, current research, and future directions

  • Hall C
  • Bierman K
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Abstract

Technology can potentially expand the reach and cut the costs of providing effective, evidence-based interventions. This paper reviews existing publications that describe the application and evaluation of technology-assisted interventions for parents of young children. A broad review of the early childhood literature revealed 48 studies describing technology-assisted parent education and interventions. Across these studies, multiple forms of technology were used, including web-based platforms, discussion forums, mobile devices, and video conferencing. Results are described moving from feasibility and acceptability of technology-based delivery systems to more rigorous evaluations examining their impact on parent and child outcomes. Potential exists for technology to deliver interventions to parents. Limitations are discussed including differential acceptability and elevated attrition associated with internet-only intervention delivery.

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  • early childhood
  • evidence-based practice
  • online delivery
  • parenting interventions
  • telehealth

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Authors

  • Christin M Hall

  • Karen L Bierman

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