Using interactive multimedia to teach parent advocacy skills: an exploratory study

J Head Trauma Rehabil. May-Jun 2007;22(3):198-205. doi: 10.1097/01.HTR.0000271121.42523.3a.


Objective: To examine the efficacy of Brain Injury Partners: Advocacy Skills for Parents, an interactive multimedia intervention that provides training in educational advocacy skills for parents of children with traumatic brain injury (TBI).

Design: Randomized trial, with participants assigned to treatment (Brain Injury Partners CD-ROM) or control (alternate CD-ROM) conditions.

Main outcome measures: Knowledge; skill application; and attitude, behavioral intention, and self-efficacy to use key advocacy skills.

Participants: Thirty-one parents of children with TBI.

Results: The Brain Injury Partners group reported higher postintervention adjusted means for application, knowledge, and attitudes scale scores than did the control group.

Conclusions: The results demonstrate the utility of a computer-delivered intervention for training parents in key skills for communicating with school personnel.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Attitude to Health
  • Brain Injuries* / psychology
  • CD-ROM
  • Child
  • Child Advocacy / education*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Computer-Assisted Instruction*
  • Female
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Intention
  • Interpersonal Relations
  • Male
  • Multimedia*
  • Parents / education*
  • Parents / psychology
  • Patient Advocacy / education*
  • Personal Satisfaction
  • Schools
  • Self Efficacy
  • Teaching