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Allemand L, Niemelä M, Merikukka M and Salmela-Aro K (2023) The “Let’s Talk about Children” intervention in a Finnish school context: fidelity, parents’ experiences, and perceived benefits. Front. Psychol. 14:1183704. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1183704

The “Let’s Talk about Children” intervention in a Finnish school context : fidelity, parents’ experiences, and perceived benefits

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Author: Allemand, Lotta1; Niemelä, Mika2; Merikukka, Marko3,4;
Organizations: 1Faculty of Educational Sciences, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, Finland
2Faculty of Medicine, Research Unit of Population Health, University of Oulu, Oulu, Finland
3Itla Children’s Foundation, Helsinki, Finland
4Research Service Unit, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
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Language: English
Published: Frontiers Media, 2023
Publish Date: 2023-09-18


The Let’s Talk about Children intervention is a tool for parents and professionals to work together to promote children’s positive development, resilience, and psychosocial well-being in social and healthcare services, at school, and in day care. The aim of this study was to evaluate the fidelity, parents’ experiences, and perceived benefits of using the Let’s Talk about Children intervention in a school context. Participants (N = 65 first-grader parents) completed an online questionnaire after the intervention. The results show that the intervention was delivered as designed and conducted with high fidelity. Parents’ experiences of the Let’s Talk about Children discussions were positive, parents felt that the atmosphere was good during the discussion, and the participants reported benefits from the intervention.

Clinical trial registration:, identifier NCT05038280.

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Series: Frontiers in psychology
ISSN: 1664-1078
ISSN-E: 1664-1078
ISSN-L: 1664-1078
Volume: 14
Article number: 1183704
DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1183704
Type of Publication: A1 Journal article – refereed
Field of Science: 515 Psychology
Funding: This study was supported by the Academy of Finland grant nos. 345117 and 336138 to KS-A, the Strategic Research Council grant no. 352509 to MN and nos. 345264 and 352660 to KS-A, the Itla Children’s Foundation grant to MN and LA. LA is also funded by grant of the Eino Jutikkala Fund of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters.
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