Journal of Child and Family Studies

, Volume 25, Issue 2, pp 545–552 | Cite as

Perspectives on Engagement Barriers and Alternative Delivery Formats from Non-completers of a Community-Run Parenting Program

  • Kristin Duppong-Hurley
  • Steven Hoffman
  • Bridget Barnes
  • Robert Oats
Original Paper


The purpose of our study was to learn about barriers to participation faced by families who had signed up for but not completed a community-based parenting program that was not part of a research project. We also sought to gauge interest in alternative, web-based methods of delivering a parent training intervention. Semi-structured phone interviews were conducted with 27 parents who had signed up for but not completed a community-based parenting program. Results indicated that practical reasons such as scheduling were the most common barrier faced by parents. Results also suggested substantial interest in alternative web-based and hybrid models of program delivery. Hybrid models would allow participants to move between face-to-face small group classes and web-based classes; allowing for easy make-up of missed small-group sessions. Interventions designed by community organizations and researchers should consider using alternative methods, including hybrid models, of program delivery in order to reach a larger number of individuals.


Engagement Interventions Parent training Internet delivery Attrition 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kristin Duppong-Hurley
    • 1
  • Steven Hoffman
    • 1
    • 3
  • Bridget Barnes
    • 2
  • Robert Oats
    • 2
  1. 1.Special Education and Communication Disorders, 247 Barkley Memorial CenterUniversity of Nebraska-LincolnLincolnUSA
  2. 2.Boys TownBoys TownUSA
  3. 3.University of TexasSan AntonioUSA

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