Web-Based Marriage Education for Foster, Kinship, and Adoptive Couples

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$946,916.00
Award Year:
2009
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
9R44MD005197-02A1
Award Id:
80900
Agency Tracking Number:
HD053148
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
NORTHWEST MEDIA, INC., 326 W 12TH AVE, EUGENE, OR, -
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
192551588
Principal Investigator:
RICHARD DELANEY
(541) 343-6636
RESEARCH@NORTHWESTMEDIA.COM
Business Contact:
LEE WHITE
() -
research@northwestmedia.com
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
DESCRIPTION (provided by applicant): The purpose of this project is to develop and evaluate a specialized online version of a marital education program for resource (i.e., foster, kinship, and adoptive) parents. The program, called Prevention and Relations hip Enhancement Program (PREP), is a well-researched, highly effective, and widely used curriculum that has been adapted already for use with certain select populations, though not specifically with resource couples. Foster, kinship, and adoptive couples f ace extraordinary challenges that can, and do, have a large impact on their marriages. Standard family contexts and dynamics for intervention do not generalize to these couples. However, marital education tailored to the special needs and circumstances of these parents could provide them with much needed social-communication skills to avoid negative interaction patterns in their marital relationship and to steer their expectations into a healthy framework. In Phase I we successfully developed and tested the first two modules from the PREP program. Findings provided strong support for the efficacy of the online version with this population. In Phase II we will produce another 13 modules adapted to this population to complete the program. We will evaluate the full, finished program with a national sample of 100 foster, adoptive, and kinship couples on measures of knowledge, communication and conflict management skills, a variety of indicators of a healthy marriage, and a test of parent and child adjustment. Fit tingly, the recruitment of subjects, as well as the implementation and testing of the training intervention, will all be done online. PUBLIC HEALTH RELEVANCE: Subjects participating in this project will gain important information and skills to help them un derstand and manage the unique challenges of married life for foster, adoptive, and kinship couples. As a result, the quality of the marriage, parenting, family life, the resource child's adjustment, and the stability of the placement could improve.

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