PROJECT AT A GLANCE
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.
- 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.
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.
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)