The Institute for Democracy, Citizenship and Public Policy in Africa (IDCPPA) and the Centre for Social Sciences Research at the University of Cape Town invites you to join us for a seminar on 13 June 2023 presented by  Lauren Baerecke, Nicole Chetty & Dr. Abigail Ornellas.

About the Seminar:

Parenting programmes have strong evidence in preventing and mitigating violence, but in- person programmes are challenging to deliver at scale. App-based interventions have the potential to expand access to evidence-based parenting support, but currently lack rigorous evidence in low- and middle-income countries. ParentApp is an open-source, offline-first app- based adaptation of the Parenting for Lifelong Health for Teens programme. The app - designed for parents and caregivers of adolescents aged 10 to 17 years - aims to promote positive parenting, reduce risks for sexual violence and prevent child maltreatment.

This presentation will share the preliminary findings from a pre-post pilot study with N=105 caregiver-adolescent dyads in the Mwanza and Shinyanga regions of Tanzania. The study provides support for the effectiveness and feasibility of a hybrid delivery of the programme in Tanzania. Findings inform next steps, including the rigorous testing of the programme in a randomised controlled trial.


Lauren Baerecke is a Research Officer with the Safety and Violence Initiative (SaVI) and co-investigator on the ParentApp for Teens study. Nicole Chetty is a Research Assistant in the ParentApp team and an MPhil student with the Alan J Flisher Centre for Public Mental Health. Dr Abigail Ornellas is a Research Officer with SaVI, leading the costing work for ParentApp.

 13 June 2023
 12:45 - 14:00 SAST
  CSSR Seminar Room



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