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

View English Project Fact Sheet (PDF)

PDF en français

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)

PROJECT UPDATES:

Spring/Summer 2017

  • STEP is pleased to announce the release of its first bulletin! STEP’s Bulletin will be produced periodically with updates on the project’s progress.  This first issue is focused on the expert panel meeting held on February 21, 2017 at the Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières. Learn more about STEP and their February meeting in this issue: http://www.vawlearningnetwork.ca/knowledge-hub/knowledge-hub-bulletin-5#STEP
  • The February 2017 one day expert consultation helped with the identification of goals and techniques that will be used in the project’s intervention. 
  • The project’s team members were invited to present at the March 2017, 7th World Congress on Women’s Mental Health Symposium in Dublin, Ireland. They will be presenting their work in November 2017 at another international conference in Chicago.