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  DRKS00007305

Trial Description

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Title

Evaluation of a Group-based Training for Parents of Children With Dyslexia

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Brief Summary in Lay Language

Children with dyslexia show a variety of comorbid disorders like behavior and adaptive
disorders, hyperkinetic and anxiety disorders. Raising and educating a child with dyslexia
is a challenging task for parents. Studies show that parents of children with dyslexia
suffer under depressive symptoms and higher parenting stress. In order to support the
child's academic development many parents of children with dyslexia practice reading and
writing more often and show controlling and maladaptive behavior. As a result learning
motivation of the child decreases and later homework situations are influenced in a negative
way.

Consequently, it is necessary to provide parent training on appropriate behavior with
homework and academic exercises, in order to raise parent's competences, reduce parenting
stress and promote learning motivation of the child. In the German-speaking area there is a
lack of elaborated and evaluated programs for parents of dyslexic children. Therefore, a
group program that especially addresses the needs of these parents was devised. The study
aims at evaluating the effects of the parent training. We hypothesize that the treatment
reduces parenting stress and raises competences of the parents.

Forty-one mothers of third graders with dyslexia were randomly assigned to the group-based
parent training program (N=25) or a waiting list control group (N=16). Only children who
performed in the normal range on the test measuring cognitive abilities (IQ > 70) and who
scored below average in at least one test measuring reading or writing (T-Score < 40) were
included. Children with significant deficits in hearing or vision, pervasive developmental
disorder or genetic disorders were excluded. Data of children and their mothers were
collected prior to intervention, directly after intervention and three months after
intervention. For investigating training effects at all time points parenting stress and
competences in supporting academic development, mastering homework situations and attachment
to the child were measured. Parents of the waiting list control group had the possibility to
take part in the parent training after the follow-up was completed.

The intervention program consists of five two-hour sessions held biweekly. The training
lasts about 10 weeks. It is designed for group sizes of three to ten persons. It follows a
cognitive-behavioral approach. The training aims at knowledge transfer about dyslexia,
raising parent's empathy for the child's difficulties in reading and writing, promoting
parent's competencies and self-efficacy in handling dyslexia within the family context and
during homework situations, sensitization for opportunities of integrating reading and
writing into daily life and reduction of parental stress. The main topics covered are
requirements and phases of acquisition of written language, the causes of dyslexia, helpful
strategies for managing homework and exercises, facilitation of literacy in everyday life
and dealing with dyslexia. Methods used are brief lectures, example cases, group discussions
and practice, as well as homework tasks. Written handouts summarizing important topics are
given at every session.

A benefit of enrolling in the study is that parents get information concerning the academic
development of their children. At the moment it is not sure whether parents profit from
participating in the training because effects have not been investigated yet. The study
takes place at the University of Heidelberg (Children's Hospital) and the Early Intervention
Centre in Heidelberg. The study started in January 2012 and is expired to end in October
2014. Participants have been recruited two times, at the beginning of a school year. The
timeline for every study flow was similar. Pretests took place in September and October;
parent training started in December and lasted until February. Post-Test took place in
February and March. Follow-Up measurements were realized from June to July. The study is
funded by the Günter Reimann-Dubbers foundation of Heidelberg. The main contact for the
study is Bettina Multhauf (M.Sc. Psych.), e-mail: fruehinterventionszentrum@googlemail.com

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Brief Summary in Scientific Language

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Organizational Data

  •   DRKS00007305
  •   2015/08/14
  •   2014/04/03
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Secondary IDs

  •   NCT02107534  (ClinicalTrials.gov)
  •   S-480/2012  (University of Heidelberg Medical Center)
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Health Condition or Problem studied

  •   Dyslexia
  •   Reading Disorder
  •   Reading Disability
  •   Developmental Reading Disorder
  •   F81.0 -  Specific reading disorder
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Interventions/Observational Groups

  •   Behavioral: parent training (dyslexia)
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Characteristics

  •   Interventional
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  •   Randomized controlled trial
  •   Blinded
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  •   No treatment
  •   Treatment
  •   Parallel
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Primary Outcome

- Change from Baseline in Parenting Stress Index at 12 weeks; time frame: 20 weeks

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Secondary Outcome

- Change in Baseline in Parenting Stress Index at 36 weeks; time frame: 36 weeks

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Countries of Recruitment

  •   Germany
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Locations of Recruitment

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Recruitment

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  •   2012/01/31
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Inclusion Criteria

  •   Both, male and female
  •   no minimum age
  •   no maximum age
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Additional Inclusion Criteria

- Only children in grade three who performed in the normal range on the test measuring
cognitive abilities (IQ > 70) and who scored below average in at least one test
measuring reading or writing (T-Score < 40) were included.

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Exclusion Criteria

- Children with significant deficits in hearing or vision, pervasive developmental
disorder or genetic disorders were excluded.

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Addresses

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    • University of Heidelberg Medical Center
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    • University Heidelberg Medical Centre
    • Joachim Pietz, Prof. Dr. 
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    • University Heidelberg Medical Centre
    • Joachim Pietz, Prof. Dr. 
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Sources of Monetary or Material Support

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    • Bitte wenden Sie sich an den Sponsor / Please refer to primary sponsor
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Status

  •   Recruiting complete, follow-up continuing
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Trial Publications, Results and other Documents

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