Co-designing a technology-assisted parenting program for parents with mental health issues, to prevent child internalising problems
This PhD project will investigate the usefulness and acceptability of a technology-assisted parenting intervention in supporting parents with mental health issues, to prevent child depression and anxiety. This project will be led by a multidisciplinary team from Monash University and IPC Health with expertise in parenting, mental health, digital interventions, co-design, human-computer interaction and health service design and delivery.
The aims of this PhD project are to:
- Review the existing evidence on parenting and parenting interventions for parents with mental health challenges, to determine effective strategies for supporting parents and improving child mental health.
- Consult with parents living with mental health issues, and IPC Health service providers who work with these parents, to understand the lived experience of key stakeholders and identify how a technology-assisted parenting program could be sustainably and appropriately integrated into existing IPC Health services.
- Co-design a technology-assisted parenting intervention for parents with mental health challenges, in partnership with parent end-users and IPC Health service providers, incorporating evidence-based parenting guidelines and the lived experience of stakeholders at the heart of the program.
- Conduct a pilot evaluation of the co-designed intervention via IPC Health services, to explore the program’s acceptability and perceived effectiveness in improving parenting factors and child internalising problems, as well as its long-term feasibility.
This project will commence in February 2021 at Monash University under the supervision of A/Prof Marie Yap.
PhD Candidate: Meg Bennett