STEP: Supporting the transition to and engagement in parenthood in adults who experienced maltreatment as children

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PROJECT AT A GLANCE

PROJECT GOAL:

The project will design, deliver and evaluate an innovative intervention aimed at adults who have experienced abuse or neglect during their childhood and are awaiting a child. Ultimately, this intervention aims to

(a) promote the physical and mental health of Canadians who were abused/neglected during their childhood and are at the transition to parenthood, (b) to promote the psychosocial development of their child, and (c) to intercept intergenerational cycles of abuse.

PROJECT OBJECTIVES:

  • To design, deliver, and evaluate an innovative intervention for adult victims of abuse or neglect awaiting a child. The project will assess whether this intervention effectively supports the physical and psychological health of participants and their children.
  • To inform practitioners and the community of the challenges of parenthood in the context of trauma. Knowledge transfer activities will include two intervention manuals, one for mothers and one for fathers; a website with information on parenting in the context of trauma; tools for assessing practitioners’ knowledge of trauma; and brochures for parents and professionals.
  • To connect community organizations, health and social services and researchers offering services to adults awaiting a child in the intervention target area.
  • To provide new evidence based on comprehensive assessments with clear performance indicators so that the initiative promotes the implementation of sustained and effective community programs.

PROJECT ACTIVITY HIGHLIGHTS:

  • To strengthen the mentalization abilities of adults who have experienced abuse during their childhood and are at the transition to parenthood through the development of a manualised intervention program, STEP.
  • To conduct a series of pilot tests on the intervention program.
  • To evaluate the impacts of STEP before and after the birth of the child.
  • To develop knowledge transfer activities between stakeholders and the public.

WEBSITE:

https://oraprdnt.uqtr.uquebec.ca/pls/public/gscw030?owa_no_site=1910

PROJECT LEADS:

Centre d'études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l'enfant et la famille. (CEIDEF): is based at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR) and it aims to establish close links between theory, research and practice in the field of child development and the family.

Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR): is a university from the Université du Québec system located in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, receiving 15,000 students.

The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ): is an integrated university health and social services centre offering high quality services to the population of the Mauricie and Centre-du- Quebec.

PARTNERING AGENCIES:

Centre d'études interdisciplinaires sur le développement de l'enfant et la famille (CEIDEF), Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières (UQTR), The Centre intégré universitaire de santé et de services sociaux de la Mauricie et du Centre-du-Québec (CIUSSS MCQ)