An Evaluation of the Efficacy and Effectiveness of the Online FLIP IT Parent Training Model within Foster Families

The primary goal of our proposed empirical evaluation is to determine the efficacy and effectiveness of the online FLIP IT Parent Training to decrease negative social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes and increase positive social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes among children of foster parents.  Based on our review of the relevant literature, parent training has been associated with positive outcomes, including more positive parenting practices, more positive disciplinary strategies and fewer disciplinary and behavioral problems among the children.

Our objectives are to:

  • Assess whether or not the online FLIP IT Parent Training is associated with positive outcomes among the children within foster families in each of these areas.
  • Examine how foster parents 'attempt' new skills, how foster parents 'appraise' the successfulness of their attempts, and how foster parents 'apply' their new skills and knowledge over the long-term.
  • Determine whether or not demographic characteristics predict commitment to the invention and/or outcomes following the intervention.
  • Assess the impact that these demographic factors may have in mortality (e.g., dropout) rates among foster parents who initially express interest in participating in the program.
  • Assess the impact these demographic factors have in impacting outcomes among foster parents who complete the online FLIP IT Parent Training.