Understanding parent perspectives on engagement with online youth-focused mental health programs

Muller, Jessica L. and Tomlin, Luke and March, Sonja ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8425-7126 and Jackson, Ben and Budden, Timothy and Law, Kwok Hong and Dimmock, James (2022) Understanding parent perspectives on engagement with online youth-focused mental health programs. Psychology and Health. pp. 1-18. ISSN 0887-0446

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Abstract

Objective: Online youth-focused health programs often include parent modules—that equip parents with skills to assist their child in improving their health—alongside youth-specific content. BRAVE Self-Help, an evidence-based program designed for children and teenagers with early signs of anxiety, is a popular Australian program that includes six parent modules. Despite its popularity and proven efficacy, BRAVE Self-Help shares the same challenge as many online self-help programs—that of low participant engagement. Using parents registered in BRAVE Self-Help as ‘information rich’ participants, we explored (a) factors that influenced parent engagement in online health programs, and (b) their recommendations for enhancing parent engagement. Design and Outcome Measure: We conducted semi-structured interviews with 14 parents registered in BRAVE Self-Help. Data were analysed through reflexive thematic analysis. Results: Social-, family- and program-related factors drove parents’ program engagement and recommendations. Social sub-themes related to the benefits of professional and community support in promoting more engagement. Family sub-themes included difficulties with program engagement due to competing priorities, perceptions that condition severity influenced engagement, and feelings that previously-acquired health knowledge reduced motivation to engage. Program sub-themes included perceived usefulness and ease-of-use. Conclusion: Program designers could target support systems, include flexible delivery options, and use iterative design processes to enhance parent engagement.


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Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current – Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Wellbeing (1 Jan 2022 -)
Date Deposited: 25 Jul 2022 23:38
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2022 02:54
Uncontrolled Keywords: Anxiety; eHealth; ICBT; self-help
Fields of Research (2020): 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420302 Digital health
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420313 Mental health services
52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5203 Clinical and health psychology > 520302 Clinical psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2020): 20 HEALTH > 2004 Public health (excl. specific population health) > 200409 Mental health
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/08870446.2022.2090561
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/49961

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