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Parenting training in the community : linking process to outcome

Kilroy, Sarah, Sharry, John, Flood, Catriona and Guerin, Suzanne (2011) Parenting training in the community : linking process to outcome. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 16 (3). pp. 459-473. ISSN 1461-7021

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This pilot study examines the effectiveness of the Parents Together Community Coursei (a six week preventative version of the Parents Plus Early Years Programme) in reducing parent-reported behaviour problems in pre-school and school aged children. It also investigates if there is an association between process ratings on a weekly session rating form (WSRF) and client outcome. Thirty-one parents who completed the course filled out pre and post outcome measures (namely the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) and a specially designed Client defined Problem and Goals form (CPG)), and a process measure during the course of the group. It was found that 45% of children in the community sample had behavioural problems in the borderline or clinical range, and significant reductions in these problem behaviours and gains towards parent-defined goals were observed following the course. Results also showed a number of correlations between high ratings on the WSRF and positive outcome as measured by the CPG and SDQ indicating a possible link between this process measure and outcomes. This highlights the importance of early community interventions in dealing with childhood behaviour problems and the possible utility of a process measure for identifying contributing factors to change.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > Early childhood education
Divisions: Early Learning Initiative Publications
Depositing User: Caoimhe Ní Mhaicín
Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2014 10:39
Last Modified: 11 Jun 2014 12:49

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