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Report launched on World Sleep Day shows parenting programme improves sleep

Today the Race Equality Foundation launch an evaluation by Professor Yvonne Kelly looking at the impact of the Strengthening Families, Strengthening Communities parenting programme.  Based on pre and post programme data from 324 parents from across England, the evaluation shows:

  • Between PRE and POST questionnaires there was a significant improvement in total sleep scores and a significant reduction in the number of participants reporting clinically significant sleep problems (down from about 1 in 2 to about 1 in 5).
  • There was also a significant reduction in psychological distress scores and a halving of the number of participants who would be considered to be ‘highly likely to be depressed’, from 32% at the start of the course to under 15% by the end.

We now better understand the significance of sleep for health, therefore when a programme such as SFSC demonstrates benefits for sleep, there are highly likely knock on effects for overall wellbeing.

The evaluation also reports the impact of SFSC on children’s abilities and children’s behaviour.  The analysis shows:

  • improvements in parents feeling good or very good about their child’s ability: to feel good about him/herself (self-esteem); to manage/express feelings and emotions; to control behaviour (self-discipline); to consider others when making decisions; to ask for help/guidance if needed; to avoid using or dealing drugs; to avoid violence and stay out of gangs.
  • by the end there were significant improvements in all areas of socioemotional difficulties except hyperactivity/inattention, thus children were reported to demonstrate fewer emotional symptoms, conduct problems or peer problems and to have improved prosocial skills.

Read the full report.