Reducing Parenting Stress to Facilitate Justice-Involved Youth’s Treatment Engagement

Funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (K23DA050798; PI: Folk), this study aims to develop and evaluate a mobile health parenting stress intervention for caregivers of youth in detention. Using a mixed-methods approach and in collaboration with caregivers and community partners, we will 1) adapt an existing parenting stress intervention for delivery through mobile health application using participatory informatics (through the chorus platform); 2) assess the feasibility and acceptability of the participatory informatics approach and the intervention; 3) evaluate the intervention’s preliminary efficacy in reducing parenting stress and increasing youth engagement in substance use or dual diagnosis treatment post-detention through a pilot RCT; and 4) conduct focus groups to understand system-level factors that could influence eventual system adoption and sustainability.