|- candidate number||28249|
|- NTR Number||NTR6894|
|- ISRCTN||ISRCTN no longer applicable|
|- Date ISRCTN created|
|- date ISRCTN requested|
|- Date Registered NTR||21-nov-2017|
|- Secondary IDs||MEC 2015-CDE-4006 |
|- Public Title||The evaluation of Dutch Cell Dogs: an innovative training program for detainees|
De evaluatie van Dutch Cell Dogs: een innovatief trainingsprogramma voor gedetineerden
|- Scientific Title||The effectiveness of Dutch Cell Dogs in justice centers in the Netherlands: a quasi-experimental trial|
De effectiviteit van Dutch Cell Dogs in de (justitiële) residentiële zorg: een quasi-experimenteel onderzoek
|- hypothesis||Dutch Cell Dogs (DCD) is an intervention that aims to increase susceptibility to treatment in justice centers and decrease the internalizing (i.e., fear, depression) and externalizing (i.e., aggression, recidivism) behavioral problem of detainees in these settings. Detainees are invited to participate in DCD, where they train asylum dogs for two months. The assumption is that by training behaviorally challenging dogs, inmates will acquire skills that eventually promote successful reintegration into society. |
DCD aims to improve the detainees’ wellbeing and skills (i.e., self-esteem, empathy, self-control, stress) and also enhance factors associated with treatment success (i.e., treatment motivation, therapeutic alliance, social group climate).
|- Healt Condition(s) or Problem(s) studied||Behavioral problems, Psychosocial functioning, Emotional functioning|
|- Inclusion criteria||Inmates are eligible for study participation when they stay in selected justice centers across the Netherlands where the Dutch Cell Dogs training is implemented. Detainees of all ages and sexes can take part in the study. Inmates in the intervention group (receiving the Dutch Cell Dogs training) have to meet inclusion criteria for training participation. These criteria are:|
• Physical condition: inmates have to be ‘physically fit’, i.e., capable of walking a dog from an animal shelter.
• Duration of stay: inmates have to remain in justice centers for the duration of the training (two months).
• Medication use: inmates have to be able to be active and observant during training sessions, despite potential medication use.
• Safety: staff at detention centers have to determine whether it is safe for the inmate and surroundings (i.e., the dogs, the trainers) to participate in the training.
|- Exclusion criteria||All inmates (in the control and intervention group) have to remain in justice centers for the duration of the training to be able to participate in the study. |
|- mec approval received||yes|
|- multicenter trial||yes|
|- Type||2 or more arms, non-randomized|
|- planned startdate ||1-apr-2017|
|- planned closingdate||31-dec-2018|
|- Target number of participants||200|
|- Interventions||Dutch Cell Dogs. A training program for detainees.|
|- Primary outcome||Internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems and recidivism. |
|- Secondary outcome||Psychosocial functioning, physiological functioning, general therapeutic factors, and treatment success. |
|- Timepoints||Before the start of the training (week 1/T1), halfway through the training (week 4/T2), at the end of the training (week 8/T3), and six months after the end of the training (week 32/T4). |
|- Trial web site||-|
|- status||open: patient inclusion|
|- CONTACT FOR PUBLIC QUERIES|| Hanne Duindam|
|- CONTACT for SCIENTIFIC QUERIES|| Hanne Duindam|
|- Sponsor/Initiator ||University of Amsterdam (UvA)|
(Source(s) of Monetary or Material Support)
|University of Amsterdam: Research Institute of Child Development and Education|
|- Brief summary||The current study evaluates the effectiveness of Dutch Cell Dogs in justice centers (i.e., psychiatric, juvenile, and adult facilities) in the Netherlands. Questionnaires, neuropsychological tasks, and physiological measures are employed to study to what extent participation in Dutch Cell Dogs is associated with a decrease in internalizing and externalizing behavioral problems, in addition to recidivism. Furthermore, the study assesses to what extent potential changes in psychosocial and physiological functioning are associated with a higher treatment success ratio. |
|- Main changes (audit trail)|
|- RECORD||21-nov-2017 - 29-dec-2017|