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Mindful Parenting: A Pilot Study Leveraging Neuroscience and Technology to Promote Well-being and Child Development at Home
Last registered on April 03, 2015

Pre-Trial

Trial Information
General Information
Title
Mindful Parenting: A Pilot Study Leveraging Neuroscience and Technology to Promote Well-being and Child Development at Home
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0000674
Initial registration date
April 03, 2015
Last updated
April 03, 2015 12:41 PM EDT
Location(s)
Region
Primary Investigator
Affiliation
University of Toronto
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
University of Chicago
PI Affiliation
University of Chicago
Additional Trial Information
Status
In development
Start date
2015-06-15
End date
2015-12-31
Secondary IDs
Abstract
Recent evidence suggests that programs aimed at increasing “mindfulness” are successful at reducing the cognitive demands of stress and increasing focus and attention. This pilot study applies this approach to improving parenting among disadvantaged families. In partnership with Chicago-based Head Start preschool centers, this pilot study will explore the feasibility of developing a technology-based mindfulness training intervention (i.e., with apps and videos) combined with behavioral devices such as reminders and goal-setting with the goal of improving executive function, and in turn the quality and quantity of time parents interact with their children and other parent and child outcomes. The results of the pilot work will be used to inform a large-scale RCT. The ultimate goal of this research is to develop a cost-effective scalable approach for fostering mindfulness in parents in order to foster children’s cognitive and non-cognitive development.

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Registration Citation
Citation
Kalil, Ariel, Susan Mayer and Philip Oreopoulos. 2015. "Mindful Parenting: A Pilot Study Leveraging Neuroscience and Technology to Promote Well-being and Child Development at Home." AEA RCT Registry. April 03. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.674-1.0.
Former Citation
Kalil, Ariel et al. 2015. "Mindful Parenting: A Pilot Study Leveraging Neuroscience and Technology to Promote Well-being and Child Development at Home." AEA RCT Registry. April 03. http://www.socialscienceregistry.org/trials/674/history/3990.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
For the treatment group the orientation will also introduce the idea of mindfulness and walk the parents though the tablet-based intervention. Treatment group parents will also be texted throughout a three-week period with reminders, tips, and encouragement for practicing mindfulness. The control group will also be given a tablet for three weeks with an unrelated task to accomplish using the tablet at home (reviewing apps on general health and nutrition). Control group parents will also be texted throughout the three-week period. Both treatment group and control group participants will be asked to wear a wristband that monitors heart rate and sleep quantity and stages of sleep.

Intervention Start Date
2015-06-15
Intervention End Date
2015-08-14
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
Executive function measures
Heart rate
Sleep quality
Mental health from self-reported survey data
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Once we have a prototype of the mindfulness intervention, we will test it in a small-scale proof of concept experiment. We will select approximately 30 parent volunteers at our partner subsidized preschool location. All participants will receive an orientation that will include consent, agreeing to give access text for reminders, and a baseline survey to collect information on background characteristics, parental attitudes, and subjective well-being. Research subjects will have the tablets for 3 weeks. Parents who attend the orientation will receive a small gift for attending. Half of the parents who attend the orientation will be randomly assigned to the treatment group and receive the mindfulness protocol.

At the end of the three weeks parents will return the tablets. Parents will be asked to complete a brief survey and a brief assessment that measures executive function and fluid intelligence. The brief assessment will be administered on the iPad and will be delivered as a short set of puzzle tasks. Additionally, participants will be asked to participate in a brief exit interview to gather parent opinions of the intervention. Parents will receive another small gift for their participation in the study. We will extract data from the monitors, capturing data on heart rate and sleep.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Consecutively alternating assignment
Randomization Unit
Parent
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
30
Sample size: planned number of observations
30
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
15 treated, 15 control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
NORC at the University of Chicago
IRB Approval Date
2015-03-18
IRB Approval Number
15.03.04
Post-Trial
Post Trial Information
Study Withdrawal
Intervention
Is the intervention completed?
No
Is data collection complete?
Data Publication
Data Publication
Is public data available?
No
Program Files
Program Files
Reports, Papers & Other Materials
Relevant Paper(s)
REPORTS & OTHER MATERIALS