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A brief program to help make mealtimes hassle-free

Hassle Free Mealtimes

What is the Brief Hassle Free Mealtimes program?

The Brief Hassle Free Mealtimes Program is part of the well-known Triple-P system, which has been built on 25 years of clinical research. Triple-P has helped parents across the country build positive relationships with their children and partners. The Brief Hassle Free Mealtimes Program is for families who are concerned about their child’s eating and mealtime behaviour and will be delivered in the form of a one-off 2-hour discussion group on positive parenting strategies specific to the mealtime context. It aims to provide parents with a set of skills aimed at reducing the stress sometimes associated around mealtimes.

In 2014, the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland will conduct a trial of Hassle Free Mealtimes Triple P to investigate its effectiveness in improving outcomes for families.

If you are a parent of a 2 to 5 year old child, you may be eligible to participate in this study!

What is Triple P?

The Triple P - Positive Parenting Program is a unique system of parenting and family support, designed to be tailored to suit individual families' needs. Developed through over 25 years of research, Triple P offers practical resources for parents, and training and resources for practitioners and organisations in a variety of service settings. Your participation will help us to make Triple P more accessible and helpful to all families. You will also find out more about Triple P and positive parenting strategies.

What does participation involve?

Participants will be asked to complete a set of questionnaires about their child, the way they parent, their family and selves on 3 separate occasions (before starting the program, at the end of the program, and 6 months after finishing the program). These questionnaires will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.

A member of the research team will visit participants’ homes on 3 separate occasions (after the initial assessment session, at the end of group program and 6 months after the group program) to observe family interactions. These visits will be video-recorded and will be used to measure children’s behaviour and parenting. During the home observation session, parents and children will be observed having a meal together.

Participants will be randomly allocated to one of two groups: start now, or start later Triple P. Those who are allocated to the start now group will participate in the intervention program immediately after the initial assessment. Participants in the start now group will be required to attend a 2-hour group session. Participants allocated to the start later group will be required to wait 6 weeks from the initial assessment before participating in Triple P.

The group sessions may be video-recorded for the purpose of ensuring that the intervention is implemented according to the research protocol.

Participation in this study should involve no physical or mental discomfort, and no risks beyond those of everyday living. If, however, you should find any question or procedure to be invasive or offensive, you are free to omit answering or participating in that aspect of the study. Participation in this study is completely voluntary and participants are able to withdraw at any time. All information provided will be held in strict confidence, and will be used for statistical purposes only. Any publications emerging from this study will be devoid of any identifying information. To ensure confidentiality all records will be kept in locked cabinets at the Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland. Participants will not incur any costs as a result of participation in the study. Please keep this information sheet for your records.

Hassle Free Mealtimes Triple P is a program for families who are concerned about their child’s eating and mealtime behaviour. The program is delivered in the form of a one-off 2-hour discussion group on positive parenting strategies specific to the mealtime context.

In 2014, the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland will conduct a trial of Hassle Free Mealtimes Triple P to investigate its effectiveness in improving outcomes for families.

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