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Title: An emotion-focused early intervention for children with emerging conduct problems
Austin Authors: Havighurst, Sophie S;Duncombe, Melissa E;Frankling, Emma J;Holland, Kerry A;Kehoe, Christiane E;Stargatt, Robyn
Affiliation: Austin Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Austin Health, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Bendigo Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Bendigo Health, Bendigo, Victoria, Australia
Department of Psychology, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia
Mindful: Centre for Training and Research in Developmental Health, University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: May-2015
Date: 2014-09-25
Publication information: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2015; 43(4): 749-60
Abstract: This paper evaluates the real-world effectiveness of an emotion-focused, multi-systemic early intervention combining an emotion socialization parenting program with a child and school socio-emotional intervention for children with emerging conduct problems. Schools in lower socioeconomic areas of Victoria, Australia were randomized into intervention or wait-list control. Children in the first 4 years of elementary school were screened for behavior problems and those in the top 8 % of severity were invited to participate in the intervention. The study sample consisted of 204 primary caregivers and their children (Mage = 7.05, SD = 1.06; 74 % boys). Data were collected at baseline and 10 months later using parent and teacher reports and direct child assessment. Measures of parent emotion socialization, family emotion expressiveness, and children's emotion competence, social competence and behavior were administered. Results showed intervention parents but not controls became less emotionally dismissive and increased in empathy, and children showed better emotion understanding and behavior compared to control children. These outcomes lend support for an emotion-focused approach to early intervention in a real-world context for children with conduct problems.
DOI: 10.1007/s10802-014-9944-z
Journal: Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology
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Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Conduct disorder
Early medical intervention
Family therapy
Type of Clinical Study or Trial: Randomized Controlled Clinical Trial/Controlled Clinical Trial
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