Effectiveness of a Web-based Intervention on Parental Psychological Flexibility and Emotion Regulation

  • End date
    May 5, 2024
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    Universidad de Almeria
Updated on 26 February 2022
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This project aims to validate a web-based clinical intervention for families with children suffering neurodevelopmental or behavioral disorders to promote psychological flexibility and emotion regulation strategies in parents.


Family context, and specifically parents' educational styles (PE) can act as a protective or risk factor for the maintenance and development of various disorders in childhood. When the child is diagnosed of a disease, disorder or difficulty, parents can develop a series of beliefs that will mediate their PEs, their barriers and their emotional repertoire. It can worsen the family climate, lead to maladaptive behaviors, and finally, lead to difficulties in adherence to treatment due to possible avoidance patterns. Several studies indicate that these patterns are mediated by a regulation of dysfunctional emotions in parents by not tolerating the discomfort caused by the suffering of their children.

This project aims to validate a web-based clinical intervention for families with children suffering neurodevelopmental or behavioral disorders to promote psychological flexibility and emotion regulation strategies in parents. Clinical intervention is focused in improving emotion regulation and positive parenting strategies using third-wave/contextual therapies. The intervention consist in 6 sessions with a duration of 1.5 hours. This study compare a a face-to-face parenting intervention group with a web-based parenting intervention. The first hypothesis is that both parental interventions will improve the educational styles, emotional competencies and well-being of parents in pos-test and 3-month follow up assessment. Second, web-based intervention will be more efficient in comparison with face-to-face intervention.

Condition Parents
Treatment Web parenting intervention, Group parenting intervention
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT04267523
SponsorUniversidad de Almeria
Last Modified on26 February 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

Be a parent/guardian of a child between 0 and 12 years old. B. Be a parent/guardian of a child who obtains a limit score on any of the scales of the Difficulties and Capabilities Questionnaire (SDQ)
Obtain a high score in parental inflexibility / emotional distress through the Parental Acceptance Questionnaire in any of its subscales
Parents/guardians have a device that provides access to the web-based intervention
They agree to participate in the study by signing the informed consent

Exclusion Criteria

The parent/guardian is in a process of separation or negligent parenting, this aspect will be assessed from a clinical trial in the initial interview
The parent/guardian has serious psychological or substance use problems or disorders that may hinder their participation in the study
The parent/guardian presents Spanish comprehension barriers
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