Parenting for Lifelong Health: A suite of parenting programmes to prevent violence

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Funded by: Various (including UNICEF, WHO, UBS Optimus Foundation, Ilfa Labantwana)

Project outline

Our aim is to develop and test a suite of affordable, sustainable evidence-based parenting programmes to prevent violence for low-resource settings.  This suite of programmes for different ages of children is called Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) and represents a collaboration between WHO, Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town, South Africa, Bangor University in Wales, the Universities of Oxford and Reading in England, and UNICEF. 

Key people in Oxford include Lucie Cluver, Jamie Lachman, Franziska Meinck and Frances Gardner.  Lachman and Gardner have research projects evaluating PLH for Children in South Africa, Thailand, and the Philippines, with further work in middle-income countries of Eastern Europe.

Other key staff:
Related publications

General PLH papers

1. Skeen, S., Tomlinson, M., Ward, C. L., Cluver, L., & Lachman, J. M. (2015). Early intervention: A foundation of lifelong violence prevention. South African Crime Quarterly, 51, 5-8. doi:10.4314/sacq.v51i1.1

2. Parra-Cardona, R., Leijten, P., Lachman, J. M., Mej¨Ēa, A., Baumann, A. A., Buenabad, N. G. A., ... & Ward, C. L. (2018). Strengthening a culture of prevention in low-and middle-income countries: Balancing scientific expectations and contextual realities. Prevention Science, 1-11.

3. Ward, C., Mikton, C., Cluver, L., Cooper, P., Gardner, F., Hutchings, J., ... & Wessels, I. (2014). Parenting for lifelong health: from South Africa to other low-and middle-income countries. Early Childhood Matters, 122.

4. Mejia, A., Leijten, P., Lachman, J. M., & Parra-Cardona, J. R. (2016). Different strokes for different folks? Contrasting approaches to cultural adaptation of parenting interventions. Prevention Science. doi:10.1007/s11121-016-0671-2


PLH for Young Children

1.Lachman, J. M., Sherr, L., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., & Gardner, F. (2016). Integrating evidence and context to develop a parenting program for low-income families in South Africa. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(7), 2337-2352. doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0389-6

2. Lachman, J. M., Kelly, J., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., & Gardner, F. (2018). Process evaluation of a parenting program for low-income families in South Africa. Research on Social Work Practice, 28(2), 188-202.

3. Lachman, J. M., Cluver, L., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., Mlotshwa, S., Wessels, I., & Gardner, F. (2017). Randomized controlled trial of a parenting program to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in South Africa. Child abuse & neglect, 72, 338-351.

4. Wessels, I., Lester, S., & Ward, C. (2016). Engagement in parenting programmes: Exploring facilitators of and barriers to participation. Institute for Security Studies: Policy Brief #82

5. Alampay, L. P., Lachman, J. M., Landoy, B. V., Madrid, B. J., Ward, C. L., Hutchings, J., ... & Gardner, F. (2018). Preventing Child Maltreatment in Low and Middle-Income Countries: Parenting for Lifelong Health in the Philippines. In Developmental Science and Sustainable Development Goals for Children and Youth(pp. 277-293). Springer, Cham.

6. Frantz, I., Foran, H. M., Lachman, J. M., Jansen, E., Hutchings, J., Băban, A., . . . Ward, C. L. (2019). Prevention of child mental health problems in Southeastern Europe: a multicentre sequential study to adapt, optimise and test the parenting programme ‘Parenting for Lifelong Health for Young Children’, protocol for stage 1, the feasibility study. BMJ Open, 9(1). 


PLH for Teens

1. Doubt, J., Loening-Voysey, H., Blanc, D., Cluver, L., Byrne, J., Petersen, T., & Unicef. (2018). Delivering a parenting programme in rural South Africa: The local child and youth care worker experience.

2. Shenderovich, Y., Eisner, M., Cluver, L., Doubt, J., Berezin, M., Majokweni, S., & Murray, A. L. (2018). What affects attendance and engagement in a parenting program in South Africa? Prevention Science, 19, 977-986.

3. Steinert, J. I., Cluver, L. D., Meinck, F., Doubt, J., & Vollmer, S. (2018). Household economic strengthening through financial and psychosocial programming: Evidence from a field experiment in South Africa. Journal of Development Economics, 134, 443-466.

4. Romero, R. H., Hall, J., Cluver, L., & Meinck, F. (2018). Can supportive parenting protect against school delay amongst violence-exposed adolescents in South Africa? Child Abuse & Neglect, 78, 31-45.

5. Cluver, L., Meinck, F., Steinert, J., Shenderovich, Y., Doubt, J., et al. (2018). Parenting for Lifelong Health: A pragmatic cluster randomised controlled trial of a non-commercialised parenting programme for adolescents and their families in South Africa. BMJ Global Health, 3 (1) e000539; DOI: 10.1136/bmjgh-2017-000539.

6. Doubt, J., Bray, R., Loening-Voysey, H., Cluver, L., Byrne, J., Nzima, D., ... & Medley, S. (2017). " It Has Changed": Understanding change in a parenting program in South Africa. Annals of Global Health, 83(5-6), 767-776.

7. Sherr, L., Macedo, A., Tomlinson, M., Skeen, S., & Cluver, L. (2017). Could cash and good parenting affect child cognitive development? A cross-sectional study in South Africa and Malawi. BMC Pediatrics, 17: 123

8. Cluver, L., Meinck, F., Yakubovich, A., Doubt, J., et al (2016). Reducing child abuse amongst adolescents in low- and middle-income countries: A pre-post trial in South Africa. BMC Public Health, 13, 567.

9. Cluver, L., Lachman, J., Ward, C. L., Gardner, F., Peterson, T., Hutchings, J., Mikton, C., Meinck, F., Tsoanyane, S., et al. (2016) Development of a parenting support programme to prevent abuse of adolescents in South Africa: findings from a pilot pre-post study. Research on Social Work Practice, 27. 10.1177/1049731516628647

10. Cluver, L., Meinck, F., Shenderovich, Y., Ward, C., Herrero Romero, R., Redfern, A., Lombard, C., Doubt, J., Steinert, J., Catanho, R., Wittesaele, C., De Stone, S., Salah, N., Mpimpilashe, P., Lachman, J., Loening, H., Gardner, F., Blanc, D., Nocuza, M., & Lechowicz, M (2016). A parenting programme to prevent abuse of adolescents in South Africa: A study protocol for a pragmatic cluster randomized controlled trial. Trials, 17, 328.

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