Strategies to increase uptake of parent education programs in preschool and school settings to improve child outcomes: A delphi study

Wan Hua Sim, John W. Toumbourou, Elizabeth M. Clancy, Elizabeth M. Westrupp, Michelle L. Benstead, Marie B.H. Yap

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Parent education programs, offered via family–school partnerships, offer an effective means for promoting the mental health and educational functioning of children and adolescents at a whole-school level. However, these programs often have a low uptake. This study aimed to identify strategies for increasing the uptake of parent education programs within preschool and school settings. A three-round Delphi procedure was employed to obtain expert consensus on strategies that are important and feasible in educational settings. First, thirty experts rated statements identified from the literature and a stakeholder forum. Next, experts re-appraised statements, including new statements generated from the first round. Ninety statements were endorsed by ≥80% of the experts. Primary themes include strategies for program selection; strategies for increasing the accessibility of programs and the understanding of educational staff on parent engagement and child mental health; strategies for program development, promotion and delivery; as well as strategies for increasing parent and community engagement. This study offers a set of consensus strategies for improving the uptake of parent education programs within family–school partnership.

Original languageEnglish
Article number3524
Number of pages19
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number7
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2021


  • Family engagement
  • Family–school
  • Home-school
  • Intervention
  • Mental health
  • Parent engagement
  • Parent involvement
  • Partnership
  • Prevention
  • Recruitment

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