Feasibility of Biological Sample Collection among a High-Risk Maternal Population for Child Maltreatment-Qualitative Pilot Findings

Ashwini Tiwari, Shannon Self-Brown

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Little is known on the feasibility of biological sample collection among at-risk parents for child maltreatment participating in evidence-based parenting intervention studies evaluating behavioral outcomes. This study explored acceptability and feasibility of collecting biospecimen samples among 12 high-risk mothers. Data were taken from semi-structured baseline interviews among participants who provided salivary, hair and buccal swab samples for a pilot study examining biobehavioral stress responses to an evidence-based parenting program. Content analysis results suggest that while uncomfortable, biospecimen collection will not impede research participation. Providers should highlight connections between biology and behaviors to motivate parents and increase engagement in parenting programs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)184-194
Number of pages11
JournalAmerican Journal of Family Therapy
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Mar 15 2018
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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