ALTER for Home Safety in Brief: A Process Evaluation to Examine the Feasibility and Acceptability of an Adapted Intervention Program for a Vulnerable Population

McAuley, Katherine
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University of Guelph

Unintentional injury is the leading cause of death in children 1-19 years of age, and rates of injury are even higher in children of vulnerable parent populations. The previously validated Supervising for Home Safety program was adapted to fit the needs of a vulnerable parenting population within the context of pre-existing community programming. This process evaluation sought to explore parent acceptability, feasibility of facilitator implementation, and to determine practicality of a PRE/POST questionnaire as a future method to evaluate efficacy of the newly adapted program. Results suggest that overall parents and Facilitators rated the program positively. Major themes identified by Facilitators suggest that the questionnaire should be shortened and simplified to account for low literacy and reading level in this population specifically, and to address the limits of existing session length. Moving forward, changes will be made accordingly based on feedback, and alternatives to a questionnaire format will be explored.

unintentional injury, parenting intervention, supervision, vulnerable population