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Using digital picture frame technology as an enhancement to the parent-infant interaction module of safecare

Monday, November 4, 2013

Katelyn Guastaferro, MPH, Center for Healthy Development; School of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Megan Graham, MPH, Center for Healthy Development; Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
John Lutzker, Ph.D., Center for Healthy Development; Institute of Public Health, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Background. Mothers with intellectual disabilities (ID) are overrepresented in child welfare caseloads and few specialized trainings have been developed for them. Following promising results from an initial mother (published previously), this project sought to explore the efficacy of a technological enhancement (a digital picture frame) to improve skills taught in the Parent-Infant Interaction (PII) module of SafeCare®, an evidence-based program to prevent child maltreatment, in other populations. Methods. Mothers were taught bonding skills (looking, touching, talking, and smiling) and photos were taken of them displaying these skills and loaded onto the digital frame. In a series of single-case design studies, we utilized variations of multiple baseline designs to explore the applicability and acceptability of the digital picture frames. To complement the pilot work and single-case design studies, in-depth interviews were conducted with mothers with intellectual disabilities and caseworkers to gather further information about the use and acceptability of technology within this population. Results. Regardless of a present intellectual disability, the enhancement of the digital picture frame improves the percent occurrence of the bonding skills and that skills are maintained over time. Analysis of the qualitative interviews highlights the reliance on technology in our sample of mothers with intellectual disabilities, a generational disconnect with technology among caseworkers, and a wide interest in digital picture frames. Conclusions. Technology is used by mothers with intellectual disabilities and professionals working with them should modify service delivery to accommodate technology. Implications for future research are discussed.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Public health or related research
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Discuss use of technological innovations that cross-cut populations at risk for child maltreatment Compare variations in multiple baseline designs implementing a technological enhancement to the Parent-Infant Interaction Module of SafeCare®

Keyword(s): Evidence Based Practice, Child Neglect

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the project coordinator for several grants (federally and privately funded) concentrating on the prevention of child maltreatment. My responsibilities have spanned research design, data collection, data analysis, and manuscript preparation. Among my scientific interests are maternal child health, intervention implementation, and evaluation.
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.