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Child Adjustment in Divorced Families: Can We Successfully Intervene among Dutch 6-8 Year-Olds?


- candidate number28188
- NTR NumberNTR6788
- ISRCTNISRCTN no longer applicable
- Date ISRCTN created
- date ISRCTN requested
- Date Registered NTR13-nov-2017
- Secondary IDsZonMw 531005009
- Public TitleChild Adjustment in Divorced Families: Can We Successfully Intervene among Dutch 6-8 Year-Olds?
- Scientific TitlePreventing emotional and behavioral problems after parental break-up: the effects of preventive group intervention Dappere Dino's for Dutch 6 to 8 years old children
- ACRONYMPreventive group support for Dutch children in divorce situations
- hypothesisPreventive group support for 6 to 8 years old children after parental divorce or separation, leads to:
- more positive child functioning;
- decreased emotional and behavioral problems of participating children; and
- increased child wellbeing;
- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studiedDivorce, Prevention, School-aged children
- Inclusion criteria- parental divorce or separation,
- permission by both parents who have custody rights
- Exclusion criteria- child currently in therapy or receiving other mental health services
- mec approval receivedno
- multicenter trialyes
- randomisedno
- groupParallel
- Type2 or more arms, non-randomized
- Studytypeintervention
- planned startdate 1-jun-2015
- planned closingdate31-dec-2017
- Target number of participants104
- InterventionsChildren participate in "Dappere Dino's" (Dutch for ‘‘courageous dinosaurs’’). Dappere Dino's is a preventive group intervention consisting of 12 weekly sessions. The intervention goals are to:
- Minimize the emotional and behavioral problems that may result when children experience parental divorce or separation in their families
- Increase children’s ability to identify and appropriately express their feelings
- Increase children’s understanding and acceptance of divorce-related concepts
- Build confidence by teaching problem solving skills to help children cope with a variety of challenges
- Primary outcome- child positive functioning
- child emotional and behavioral problems
(as rated by group leaders, teachers, and parents)
Dappere Dino's was derived from the US Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP; Pedro-Carroll et al.).
- Secondary outcome- child wellbeing
(as rated by group leaders, teachers, and parents)
- Timepoints- Before intervention
- After intervention
- Trial web sitewww.tno.nl/codip
- statusstopped
- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES TNO, Child Health Secretary
- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES TNO, Child Health Secretary
- Sponsor/Initiator ZonMw
- Funding
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
ZonMw Grant No. 531005009
- PublicationsPreceeding pilot study:
Klein Velderman, M., Pannebakker, F., Van Vliet, W., & Reijneveld, S. (2016). Prevention of divorce-related problems in Dutch 4- tot 8-year-olds: Cultural adaptation and pilot study of the Children of Divorce Intervention Program. Research on Social Work Practice, 26. doi: 1049731516644504
- Brief summaryParental divorce impacts strongly on children. Children with divorced parents score significantly lower on measures of wellbeing, conduct, psychological adjustment, self-concept, and social relations (Amato & James, 2010). In 2009, about one million marriages ended in divorce in the European Union (European Commission, 2013). To this number add terminations of live-in partnerships. Children are frequently involved. Given the large numbers of children involved, and the negative impact of divorce on children, prevention of problems for children of divorce and helping them adapt to the divorce should be prioritized. The US Children of Divorce Intervention Program (CODIP), an evidence-based group intervention designed to prevent divorce-related problems in children, may meet this need for preventive support.
Aim of this study was to assess the effects of an adapted CODIP module ("Dappere Dino's") for 6-8 years old children in the Dutch setting.
A quasi-experimental study is conducted consisting of 3 groups:
- children participating in Dappere Dino's groups (experimental group),
- children with separated parents not participating (divorce control group)
- children from intact families (non divorced comparison group).
The impact of Dappere Dino's on child functioning and wellbeing is measured using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (Goodman, 1997), Parent Evaluation Form (Pedro-Carroll & Cowen, 1989), and Cantril ladder (Cantril, 1965).
- Main changes (audit trail)
- RECORD13-nov-2017 - 16-nov-2017


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