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Table 3 Evaluation of the methodological quality of the included reviews according to the AMSTAR criteria and an adaptation of the ROBIS* criteria [26, 58]

From: Supporting parenting to address social inequalities in health: a synthesis of systematic reviews

References A priori search plan Review adheres to pre-defined objectives and eligibility criteria (ROBIS *) All pre-defined analyses reported or departures explained (ROBIS*) Selection of studies, data extraction ≥2 people Exhaustive literature search Nature of publication/inclusion criteria List of (included and excluded) studies provided Indication of study characteristics Evaluated and recorded scientific quality of included studies Scientific quality of included studies/formulation of conclusions Methods for combining results from suitable studies Evaluation of probability of publication biasa Declaration of conflicts of interest
Miller S, Maguire L, Macdonald K. Home-based child development interventions for preschool children from socially disadvantaged families. Cochrane systematic reviews. Dec 2011. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Barlow J, Smailagic N, Huband N, Roloff V, Bennett C. Group-based parent training programmes for improving parental psychosocial health. Cochrane systematic reviews. May 2014. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Barlow J, Smailagic N, Bennett C, Huband N, Jones H, Coren E. Individual and group based parenting programmes for improving psychosocial outcomes for teenage parents and their children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 3. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Barlow J, Bergman H, Kornør H, Wei Y, Bennett C. Group-based parent training programmes for improving emotional and behavioural adjustment in young children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2016. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Bryanton J, Beck CT, Montelpare W. Postnatal parental education for optimizing infant general health and parent-infant relationships. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 11. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Bennett C, Underdown A, Barlow J. Massage for promoting mental and physical health in typically developing infants under the age of six months. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2013, Issue 4. yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Tiitinen S, Homanen R, Lindfors P, Ruusuvuori J. Approaches used in investigating family support in transition to parenthood. Health Promot Int. 2014 Sep;29(3):518–27. yes yes yes yes yes inadequate description of method included yes yes yes yes yes yes not mentioned
Lakshman R, Ogilvie D, Ong KK. Mothers’ experiences of bottle-feeding: a systematic review of qualitative and quantitative studies. Arch Dis Child. 2009 Aug;94(8). yes yes yes not known yes yes included yes yes yes, summary table yes yes, narrative method not mentioned not mentioned
Entsieh A, Hallström I. First-time parents’ prenatal needs for early parenthood preparation: a systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative literature. Midwifery. 2016 Aug;39:1–11. yes yes yes not known yes yes included yes yes yes, reference PRISMA criteria yes, reference PRISMA criteria yes not mentioned none declared
Welsh J, Strazdins L, Ford L, Friel S, O’Rourke K, Carbone S, Carlon L. Promoting equity in the mental wellbeing of children and young people: a scoping review. Health Promot Int. 2015 Sep;30 Suppl 2:ii36–76. yes yes yes not known yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes not mentioned project supported by the Australian Research Council
Panter-Brick C, Burgess A, Eggerman M, McAllister F, Pruett K, Leckman J. Practitioner review: engaging fathers – recommendations for a game change in parenting interventions based on a systematic review of the global evidence. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Nov; 55(11): 1187–1212. yes yes yes yes yes yes included yes yes yes, reference PRISMA and where, when, how analysis yes, reference PRISMA and where, when, how analysis yes not mentioned not mentioned
Poole MK, Seal DW, Taylor CA. A systematic review of universal campaigns targeting child physical abuse prevention. Health Educ Res. 2014 Jun;29(3):388–432. yes yes yes yes discussed yes included yes yes yes yes yes, narrative method according to topic + summary tables yes none declared
Mcdaid D, Park AL. Investing in mental health and well-being: findings from the DataPrev project. Health Promot Int. 2011 Dec;26 Suppl 1 yes yes yes not known yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes, narrative method according to topic + summary tables not mentioned study supported by the European Parliament research programme
Perry M, Becerra F, Kavanagh J, Serre A, Vargas E, Becerril V. Community-based interventions for improving maternal health and for reducing maternal health inequalities in high-income countries: a systematic map of research. Global Health. 2015 Jul 1;10:63. yes yes yes yes yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes not mentioned MASCOT supported by the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme
Morrison J, Pikhart H, Ruiz M, Goldblatt P. Systematic review of parenting interventions in European countries aiming to reduce social inequalities in children’s health and development. BMC Public Health. 2014 Oct 6;14:1040. yes yes yes assumed because references to PRISMA, but not found yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes yes none declared
Piotrowski CC, Talavera GA, Mayer JA. Healthy steps: a systematic review of a preventive practice-based model of pediatric care. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2009 Feb;30(1):91–103. yes yes yes not known yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes yes not mentioned
Van Vuuren CL, Reijneveld SA, Van der Wal MF, Verhoeff AP. Neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation characteristics in child (0–18 years) health studies: a review. Health & Place, Vol 29, Sep, 2014 pp. 34–42. yes yes yes yes yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes not mentioned not mentioned
Gilmer C, Buchan JL, Letourneau N, Bennett CT, Shanker SG, Fenwick A, Smith-Chant B. Parent education interventions designed to support the transition to parenthood: a realist review. International Journal of Nursing Studies, Vol 59, Jul, 2016 pp. 118–133. yes yes yes yes yes yes included yes yes yes yes yes not mentioned none declared
Geens N, Vandenbroeck M. The (ab)sense of a concept of social support in parenting research: a social work perspective. Child & Family Social Work, 19: 491–500. 2014. yes yes yes, but not clearly not known yes yes included yes yes no yes yes, thematic analysis not mentioned not mentioned
Spiteri G, Xuereb RB, Carrick-Sen D, Kaner E, Martin CR. Preparation for parenthood: a concept analysis. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, Vol 32(2), Mar, 2014 pp. 148–165. yes yes yes yes yes yes included yes yes, in the anlaysis yes no yes, written record not mentioned not mentioned
Halford W, Kim Petch J. Couple psychoeducation for new parents: observed and potential effects on parenting. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, Vol 13(2), Jun, 2010 pp. 164–180. no not clearly yes, but not clearly not known not known not known included yes yes, in the anlaysis yes yes yes, thematic analysis, summary tables and written record not mentioned not mentioned
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