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    Co-occurring change in children's conduct problems and maternal depression: Latent class individual participant data meta-analysis of the Incredible Years parenting program.


    Leijten, Patty and Gardner, Frances and Melendez-Torres, G.J. and Weeland, Joyce and Hutchings, Judy and Landau, Sabine and McGilloway, Sinéad and Overbeek, Geertjan and van Aar, Jolien and Menting, Ankie and Orobio de Castro, Bram and Berry, Vashti and Gaspar, Maria Filomena and Axberg, Ulf and Mørch, Willy-Tore and Scott, Stephen (2019) Co-occurring change in children's conduct problems and maternal depression: Latent class individual participant data meta-analysis of the Incredible Years parenting program. Development and Psychopathology, 31. pp. 1851-1862. ISSN 0954-5794

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    Abstract

    Children vary in the extent to which they benefit from parenting programs for conduct problems. How does parental mental health change if children benefit less or more? We assessed whether changes in conduct problems and maternal depressive symptoms co-occur following participation in the Incredible Years parenting program. We integrated individual participant data from 10 randomized trials (N = 1280; children aged 2–10 years) and distinguished latent classes based on families’ baseline and post-test conduct problems and maternal depressive symptoms, using repeated measures latent class analysis (RMLCA) and latent transition analysis (LTA). Classes differed mainly in severity of conduct problems and depression (RMLCA; 4 classes). Conduct problems reduced in all classes. Depressive symptoms did not change in most classes, except in a class of families where conduct problems and depression were particularly severe. Incredible Years led to a greater likelihood of families with particularly severe conduct problems and depression moving to a class with mild problems (LTA; 3 classes). Our findings suggest that for the majority of families, children’s conduct problems reduce, but maternal depressive symptoms do not, suggesting relative independence, with the exception of families with severe depression and severe conduct problems where changes for the better do co-occur.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: conduct problems; individual participant data meta-analysis; maternal depression; parenting program;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 13901
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0954579419001068
    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 13:57
    Journal or Publication Title: Development and Psychopathology
    Publisher: Cambridge University Press
    Refereed: Yes
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