Parent- and Family-Based Interventions: An Investigation of Parental Intention to Participate

Vittoria Anello, University of South Carolina


Historically, recruiting and retention of participants have been challenges for those who develop and implement evidence-based parent- and family-based interventions. Parental intention to participate (PIP) in such interventions is a precursor to these steps. The current study investigated PIP in relation to health beliefs and socio-ecological predictors in a sample of African American mothers. Results indicate that program features, parenting skills taught by the program, and mother's education level are significant predictors of PIP. Other correlates of PIP and mother's program preferences were also explored. These results are discussed in terms of implications for recruiting and retention of African American families in parent- and family-based interventions.