In 2021, PLH adapted the PLH Kids and Teens programmes into a digital parenting support group. In the Philippines, the adapted programme was called Masayang Pamilya para sa Batang Pilipino Chat Program (MaPaChat) and was delivered via Viber in a feasibility trial with a small number of caregivers (N = 40). MaPaChat underwent a round of revisions and translations in 2022 based on feedback from caregivers, facilitators, and programme supervisors.
We will be testing the revised MaPaChat Programme in keeping with literature that recommends the systematic documentation and testing of revisions of technology-based programmes. This is important in the context of MaPaChat because its delivery and supervision will, for the first time, be carried out by trained community-based service providers. Using a pre-post design, our primary aim is to evaluate at immediate post-test the effects of MaPaChat Revised Programme on the physical and emotional abuse, positive and playful parenting, and parenting stress.