Time period: 2012-01-01 to 2017-12-31

Project leader: Anna Sarkadi, Anna Sarkadi Kristiansson

Funder: Formas

Type of award: Unclassified

Total fundning: 29 392 000 SEK

The preschool years are a sensitive period in a child´s development and several early intervention strategies are available. However, there is a paucity of research on the long-term effects of structured parenting programs offered to the population at large. Sweden has a tradition of universal parenting education through individual contact, but the effects of specific interventions are seldom evaluated within the system. Health economic evaluations are imperative for decision makers, but most parenting interventions lack such data. Finally, research on parenting and child outcomes has a number of challenging measurement issues. The program includes four studies: a longitudinal follow-up of two existing parenting support interventions; a quasi-experimental intervention trial of a population-based approach of parenting support; health economic evaluation of the above interventions and development of a model for simulating long-term cost-effectiveness of early intervention; and development valid measures of parenting behaviour and self-reported child mental health for pre-schoolers. Uppsala as both a county and municipality is experiencing changes that imply opportunities for a transdisciplinary research design to evaluate a population-based approach to prevent child mental health problems. The interdisciplinary research group of Social Paediatrics is in a position to effectively collaborate with county and municipality partners and conduct trials of high scientific value.