The effect of advice-giving on parental involvement

Last registered on November 28, 2021

Pre-Trial

Trial Information

General Information

Title
The effect of advice-giving on parental involvement
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0008159
Initial registration date
November 24, 2021

Initial registration date is when the trial was registered.

It corresponds to when the registration was submitted to the Registry to be reviewed for publication.

First published
November 28, 2021, 6:32 PM EST

First published corresponds to when the trial was first made public on the Registry after being reviewed.

Locations

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Primary Investigator

Affiliation
Universidad del Pacifico

Other Primary Investigator(s)

PI Affiliation
University of Toronto
PI Affiliation
Universidad del Pacifico
PI Affiliation
Universidad del Pacifico

Additional Trial Information

Status
In development
Start date
2021-10-01
End date
2022-06-30
Secondary IDs
Prior work
This trial does not extend or rely on any prior RCTs.
Abstract
The COVID-19 pandemic has forced millions of children to study remotely, where parental involvement has a major role. This study proposes an intervention intended to promote parental involvement in their children’s education through advice-giving. Specifically, parents will be asked to give advice about parental involvement in their child’s education to peers. Recent psychological evidence (Eskreis-Winkler et al., 2019) shows that advice-giving prompts advice-givers to reflect and formulate concrete plans that they can later adopt. Parents will be randomized into a treatment or control group. In the treatment group parents will receive the advice-giving intervention, and will get an additional message designed to enhance the parent-child relationship. The main outcomes are the parent's involvement and child's academic outcomes, and our main mechanisms are parental self-efficacy and stress.
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Registration Citation

Citation
Barron, Manuel et al. 2021. "The effect of advice-giving on parental involvement." AEA RCT Registry. November 28. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.8159
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Experimental Details

Interventions

Intervention(s)
The main intervention consists of asking parents to provide advice about parental involvement in their child’s education to other parents. We will request advice in three occasions, once every two weeks, by WhatsApp messages. Each advice will be on a different aspect of their role as the parent of a student involved in distance learning. Additionally, we will invite parents and students to perform a bonding activity, asking them and their children to answer questions through a voicenote. This will only be asked once, after the first advice message.
Intervention Start Date
2021-10-29
Intervention End Date
2021-12-26

Primary Outcomes

Primary Outcomes (end points)
Parental involvement, parental stress, parental self-efficacy
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
The parental involvement, stress and self-efficacy.
The parental involvement is taken from a scale proposed by Gubbins & Ibarra (2016), called “Escala de practicas parentales”. We are only considering two sections of that scale, one is about educational practices at home and the other one is about establishing daily routines.
The parental stress is taken from a scale proposed by Oronoz, Alonso-Arbiol & Balluerka (2007), which is a Spanish adaptation of “The Parental Stress Scale” made by Berr & Jones (1995).
The parental self-efficacy is taken from a scale proposed by Garay-Gordovil (2013).

Secondary Outcomes

Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Child's academic outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Child's academic outcomes will include the student's grade in a standard examination for public schools and the grade the teacher assigns to the student.

Experimental Design

Experimental Design
The sample will be composed of parents of third-grade, public school students in urban areas. Half the parents will be randomized into the treatment group and the other half into the control group. Parents in the treatment group will receive the intervention. All parents in the sample will be asked to answer a baseline survey before the treatment and an endline survey six to eight weeks later.
Experimental Design Details
Randomization Method
Randomization done in office by a computer
Randomization Unit
Individual level randomization with the parents of the sample.
Was the treatment clustered?
No

Experiment Characteristics

Sample size: planned number of clusters
1480 parents
Sample size: planned number of observations
1480 parents
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
Individual level randomization: 720 parents in treatment group and 720 parents in control group
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
Given the sample of 1480 parents and 0.8 power, the minimum detectable effect is of 0.15 standard deviations
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Intervention

Is the intervention completed?
No
Data Collection Complete
Data Publication

Data Publication

Is public data available?
No

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