Advancing Home Based Parenting Programs Through the Use of Telehealth Technology




Dorian E. Traube, Hsin-Yi Hsiao, Angela Rau, Donna Hunt-O’Brien, Linxi Lu, and Nadia Islam

Brief Type

Journal Publication


  • Parents as Teachers (PAT)


Objectives: Home-based parenting programs have demonstrated impact on the prevention of child maltreatment, promotion of child screening and health care, and increased school readiness. However, cost and time resources make access to home-based parenting programs limited. Telehealth delivery systems may help to fill this gap, reducing barriers and expanding the reach of home-based parenting programs. Methods: This manuscript describes a pilot feasibility study focusing on model fidelity for delivering a home-based parenting program (Parents as Teachers) via a university-based telehealth interactive video conferencing technology. Results: Results indicate that the program was able to meet all fidelity measures related to supervision, training, and curriculum delivery. On average, families remained in the program for 5 months and received 11 personal visits, indicating that engagement via a computer mediated program is shorter but more intense than on-ground models. Conclusion: Issues of recruitment and retention are described along with recommendations for using the continuum of care and social media to increase access to home based parenting programs services. (author abstract)

Data Collection Methods

  • Program administrative record reviews
  • Standardized assessment tools



For More Information

Traube, D.E., Hsiao, H.-Y., Rau, A., Hunt-O’Brien, D., Lu, L., & Islam, N. (2019). Advancing home based parenting programs through the use of telehealth technology. Journal of Child and Family Studies. Advance online publication. doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10826-019-01458-w
Author Contact Information:
Dorian E. Traube


  • Program Enhancements, Innovations, and Promising Approaches
  • Program Quality, Continuous Quality Improvement, and Fidelity