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Title: Comparing an emotion- and a behaviour-focused parenting program as part of a multisystemic intervention for child conduct problems
Authors: Duncombe, Melissa E;Havighurst, Sophie S;Kehoe, Christiane E;Holland, Kerry A;Frankling, Emma J;Stargatt, Robyn
Issue Date: 2016
EDate: 2014-12-03
Citation: Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 2016; 45(3): 320-34
Abstract: This study evaluated the effectiveness of a multisystemic early intervention that included a comparison of an emotion- and behavior-focused parenting program for children with emerging conduct problems. The processes that moderated positive child outcomes were also explored. A repeated measures cluster randomized group design methodology was employed with three conditions (Tuning in to Kids, Positive Parenting Program, and waitlist control) and two periods (preintervention and 6-month follow-up). The sample consisted of 320 predominantly Caucasian 4- to 9-year-old children who were screened for disruptive behavior problems. Three outcome measures of child conduct problems were evaluated using a parent (Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory) and teacher (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) rating scale and a structured child interview (Home Interview With Child). Six moderators were assessed using family demographic information and a parent-rated measure of psychological well-being (Depression Anxiety and Stress Scales short form). The results indicated that the multisystemic intervention was effective compared to a control group and that, despite different theoretical orientations, the emotion- and behavior-focused parenting programs were equally effective in reducing child conduct problems. Child age and parent psychological well-being moderated intervention response. This effectiveness trial supports the use of either emotion- or behavior-focused parenting programs in a multisystemic early intervention and provides greater choice for practitioners in the selection of specific programs.
DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2014.963855
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Behavior therapy
Child behavior disorders
Problem behavior
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial/Controlled Clinical Trial
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