Indexing of Parenting Programmes in Cambodia (2015)
The nationwide research Cambodia Violence against Children Survey (CVACS) found that more than half of Cambodian children have experienced physical and roughly a quarter emotional abuse. CVACS revealed that parents were often the abusers and in the qualitative study, both female and male respondents felt disappointed about the lack of meaningful interaction with adults, expressing a strong desire for affection and understanding from their parents. These findings of CVACS indicate a strong need for good parenting programs in Cambodia helping to improve the mutual communication between adults and children.
This indexing exercise aimed to gather information about existing parenting programmes implemented in Cambodia. It looked at programmes providing parenting support or interventions aimed at promoting effective parenting and healthy child development. There were 11 NGOs and three ministries who agreed to participate. The questionnaire consisted of 41 open-ended and closed questions. Its main features included:
- Details of surveyed organization
- Underlying programme theory (if existent)
- Extent of the programme (number of sessions)
- Target group (including developmental stage of the children)
- Features of the training for facilitators
- Level of intervention (primary, secondary or tertiary prevention)
- Monitoring and evaluation procedures (if existent)
- Specific components of the programme (the content of the intervention)
- Successes, challenges and lessons learnt
Cambodia Children Psychosocial Distress Screening (C-CPDS)
The Cambodia Children Psychosocial Distress Screening (C-CPDS) research aims at collecting nationally representative data on the prevalence of mental health disorders of Cambodian children regarding psychosocial distress. The study provides high quality baseline information to the Department of Psychology, the ministries of health and education and other institutions concerned with mental health issues of children in Cambodia. The information collected from this research helps to find out more about the most relevant mental health and psychosocial distress issues and needs in the young population of the Cambodian society in order to adjust programs, interventions and services. As results, the report on validation of CCPDS and Cambodia Functional Impairment Rating Scale (CFIRS) has been written up from this study. CCPDS and CFIRS will serve as culturally adapted instruments to assess psychosocial distress and functional impairment among Cambodian children.