Engaging vulnerable populations in parent-led support groups: testing a recruitment strategy

Louis D Brown, Adeniyi A Adeboye, Rafeek A Yusuf, Pooja Chaudhary

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Despite the proven benefits of parenting interventions, parent engagement in such interventions remains low and is particularly challenging among vulnerable populations. This theoretically grounded study tested the effectiveness of a recruitment strategy - a simulated parent-led support group (PSG) - to increase intentions to attend a PSG in a predominantly low income, minority sample. The study also examined sociodemographic characteristics that may influence the effectiveness of the recruitment strategy and engagement in PSGs. Surveys assessing intentions to attend a PSG were administered before and after the simulation, and a 2-month follow-up survey assessed subsequent PSG attendance. A total of 95 participants were included in this study. Results indicate that participants' intentions to attend a PSG significantly increased following the PSG simulation (Cohen's d = 1.15), especially among Hispanics. However, PSG attendance in the 2 months following the PSG simulation was relatively low, with only 13% of parents attending a PSG or a planning meeting to start a new PSG. Nevertheless, this recruitment strategy may serve as an important component of a larger engagement effort, especially given the substantial challenges of engaging vulnerable populations in PSGs and other parenting interventions to reduce educational and health disparities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-24
Number of pages7
JournalEvaluation and program planning
Early online date13 Apr 2018
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2018
Externally publishedYes


  • Parent-led support groups
  • Self-help
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Parenting
  • Engagement

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Social Psychology
  • Business and International Management
  • Strategy and Management


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