251625 Enhancing Coparenting among Pregnant, Low-Income Teens: Adaptation of Family Foundations

Tuesday, November 1, 2011: 3:14 PM

Mark Feinberg, PhD , Prevention Research Center, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA
Lee Beers , Maternal Care, Children's National Medical Center, Washington D.C., DC
Amy Lewin, PsyD , Center for Clinical and Community Research, Children's National Medical Center, Washington, D.C., DC
The coparenting relationship is a key influence on parent adjustment, parenting quality, and child outcomes, which presents a potential means of integrating two streams of intervention work: prevention of poor parenting and prevention of couple relationship difficulties. Family Foundations is an innovative and evidence-based prevention program for adult couples designed to enhance the coparenting relationship across the transition to parenthood. The program has been shown to reduce parent depression and stress, enhance couple relationship quality, reduce harsh parenting, and enhance child social-emotional functioning through age 3. We will present data on a trial of Family Foundations with adults. We will then present material from needs assessment research with low-income, primarily African-American teens regarding the pregnancy and early parenthood phases. Finally, we will discuss the principles that guided the adaptation of Family Foundations for this population, and present feedback from focus groups and piloting of adapted sessions.

Learning Areas:
Conduct evaluation related to programs, research, and other areas of practice
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
1. Identify the evidence for a transition to parenthood prevention program, designed to enhance the coparenting relationship for adult couples 2. Describe the perceived need for services and interest in coparenting interventions on the part of adolescent parents in the Washington DC area 3. Discuss one approach for adapting an evidence-based program for pregnant adolescents and their partners

Keywords: Pregnancy, Prevention

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a clinical psychologist with more than 20 years of experience in clinical work and research with pregnant and parenting teens. In collaboration with Dr. Feinberg and our clinical team I have led the development and evaluation of the coparenting intervention described in this presentation.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.