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Title: Comparing an emotion- and a behaviour-focused parenting program as part of a multisystemic intervention for child conduct problems
Austin Authors: Duncombe, Melissa E;Havighurst, Sophie S;Kehoe, Christiane E;Holland, Kerry A;Frankling, Emma J;Stargatt, Robyn
Affiliation: Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Schools Early Action, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Bendigo Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service and Schools Early Action, Bendigo Health, Bendigo, Victoria
Melbourne Murdoch Children's Research Institute, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia
Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: 2016 2014-12-03
Publication information: 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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