Getting it right from the start: Evaluation of a DVD and booklet for new parents

Pauline Lee*, Sarah Foley, Catherine Mee

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Abstract / Description of output

Early universal preventive interventions have the potential to improve the parent-infant relationship. Getting it Right from the Start is a DVD and booklet given free to new parents to promote sensitive and responsive early parenting and infant communication. Parents in the local area were canvassed for their views and opinions as to what their needs and feelings were about infant mental health. The resource is based on evidence from research and clinical studies in infant development and infant mental health. A matched sample design evaluation study was conducted. A 'Baby Quiz' testing parents' knowledge of different areas covered in the DVD and booklet was given to parents in receipt of the materials and also to parents not yet in receipt of the resource. Results indicated that the mean number of correct responses to the quiz items was higher in the group receiving the DVD and booklet. The percentage of poor scorers in the group who received the DVD and booklet was almost half that of the control group, showing the effectiveness of this universal intervention. Getting it Right from the Start represents a simple, low-cost method of reaching parents during the perinatal period.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)32-36
Number of pages5
JournalCommunity Practitioner
Volume86
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • early parenting
  • Infant communication
  • Infant development
  • Mediabased interventions
  • Parent-infant relationship
  • Universal

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