What would I have to do to take part?

The E-SEE study aims to find out if a new support programme for parents is more helpful to families than existing local services. This is the first time a version of the Incredible Years programme for parents of infants and toddlers has been evaluated in England. To find out if it does make a difference we will look at families who receive Incredible Years and compare to families who do not.

If you would like to be part of the study one of our researchers will meet with you at your home (or somewhere else if you prefer, such as a local children’s centre) to give you more information and answer any questions you may have. Once you have had a chance to talk things through with the researcher, and if you are still happy to take part, they will ask you to sign a consent form. You will then be asked to complete a small number of questionnaires and we would also like to make a very short video recording (3 minutes) of you and your baby together. This first visit will take about 40-45 minutes.

We will get in touch with you 1-2 weeks later to let you know whether you are in the group of families that will be offered Incredible Years or in the group that will carry on as normal with access to existing local services (which at this time does not include Incredible Years). It is important that you understand that you will not be able to choose which group you will be in. The group you will be in is decided ‘randomly’, that is, by chance.

Regardless of which group you are in, we would like to visit you again another three times.

  1. We will contact you when your baby is around 4 months old to fill out questionnaires and to record another very short video of you and your baby together. This visit will last around 30 minutes.
  2. We would like to repeat these tasks again when your baby is nearing their first birthday (11 months old).
  3. At the final visit, when your baby is about 20 months old we will ask you to fill out some more questionnaires and do a final 3-minute video recording of you and your baby together. This visit will take about 45 minutes.

You and your baby will be part of the study for around 18 months.