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Parenting Program Helps Build Stronger Relationships

by Hannah Joy on February 2, 2018 at 7:33 PM
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Parenting Program Helps Build Stronger Relationships

Sinovuyo caring families program is a parental guidance program that is highly effective in helping teenagers, parents and caregivers build stronger relationships.

Since 2012 the Sinovuyo Caring Families Program for Parents and Teens has been transforming family relationships in severely at risk communities, where access to services is limited. The trial results were published in BMJ Global Health.

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From its small beginnings in South Africa's poorest province, the initiative has already rolled out to six other countries (the Democratic Republic of Congo, Kenya, Lesotho, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda) with plans for at least two more in 2018 (Zimbabwe, Haiti).

Known as Sinovuyo in South Africa, which means 'we have joy' in isiXhosa, the program is more broadly known as Parenting for Lifelong Health. It was developed by researchers at Oxford University in collaboration with the World Health Organisation and UNICEF, the University of Cape Town and the NGO Clowns Without Borders South Africa.
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The initiative is supported by funding from the European Research Council, WHO, UNICEF, Leverhulme Trust and the Economic and Social Research Council. Since launching six years ago, uptake for the program has been extraordinary. Organisations from UNICEF and USAID to Catholic Relief Services, Pact and World Education Inc.'s Bantwana Initiative, have already delivered the free program to over 200,000 people across Africa.

It has even already expanded its sphere of impact, and is being implemented and evaluated for children and families in East Asia and Eastern Europe.

The trial results show that the program is not just widespread but effective. Families taking part in the program had lower rates of violence against teenagers, better family relationships, better planning by families to protect teenagers from abuse in the community, and less alcohol and drug use by both caregivers and teenagers.

Caregivers who had taken part in the program were less depressed and less stressed by parenting, and had more social support. Families who had taken part in the program were less likely to run out of money, food and electricity at the end of the month, and had better budgeting and more savings.

The cluster randomised controlled trial was conducted with 1100 participants across 40 townships and villages in South Africa. During the trial, the region was beset with severe violence - riots, petrol bombing, violent protests and utility shortages. However, despite such highly challenging circumstances, the program kept running and supporting families.

Professor Lucie Cluver, Professor of Child and Family Social Work at Oxford University, said: 'Parenting a teenager is never simple, and families living in low-resource countries deserve the best research evidence to help them. Parenting for Lifelong Health programs are now reaching over 200,000 children and families in the places that need them most.'

Cathy Ward, Professor of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, said: 'This program is now hugely popular among agencies serving low- and middle-income contexts, and promises to make a difference in the lives of many parents and teens.'

Feedback from Sinovuyo participants has been equally positive and shows the scale of impact that the program has achieved in little more than five years' of operation.

A teen participant in the Sinovuyo program said, 'My mother is praising me. I used to come home late but now I come home early. We sit together and talk to each other.'

A caregiver participant commented: 'I learned that there is no point to shout to a child in order to get your point across. I should be calm, sit him and gather the facts. So that he could be at ease to tell me. I should not raise my voice at him and beat him.'

2018 looks set to be another eventful year for Sinovuyo, with studies into a larger scale-up of the children's version of this program planned in Thailand, the Philippines and Eastern Europe.



Source: Eurekalert
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