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    A Parenting Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Disadvantaged Community-Based Settings

    McGilloway, Sinéad and Ní Mháille, Gráinne and Bywater, Tracey and Furlong, Mairéad and Leckey, Yvonne and Kelly, Paul and Comiskey, Catherine and Donnelly, Michael (2012) A Parenting Intervention for Childhood Behavioral Problems: A Randomized Controlled Trial in Disadvantaged Community-Based Settings. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80 (1). pp. 116-127. ISSN 0022-006X

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    Objective: A community-based randomized controlled trial (RCT) was conducted in urban areas characterized by high levels of disadvantage to test the effectiveness of the Incredible Years BASIC parent training program (IYBP) for children with behavioral problems. Potential moderators of intervention effects on child behavioral outcomes were also explored. Method: Families were included if the child (aged 32–88 months) scored above a clinical cutoff on the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI). Participants (n = 149) were randomly allocated on a 2:1 ratio to an intervention group (n = 103) or a waiting-list control group (n = 46). Child behavior, parenting skills, and parent well-being were assessed at baseline and 6 months later using parent-report and independent observations. An intentionto- treat analysis of covariance was used to examine postintervention differences between groups. Results: Statistically significant differences in child disordered behavior favored the intervention group on the ECBI Intensity (effect size = 0.7, p = .001) and Problem subscales (effect size = 0.75, p = .001). Intervention effects on child hyperactive-inattentive behaviors and social competence, as well as parent competencies and well-being, were also found. Moderator analyses showed that the effects of the IYBP intervention on the primary child outcomes were not moderated by child or family demographic characteristics or risk factors. Conclusion: The results demonstrate the effectiveness of the IYBP in alleviating problem behavior among children and in improving well-being among families living in disadvantaged areas. The findings also highlight the importance of parental intervention in early childhood for parents and children most in need of support.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1037/a0026304 . This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.
    Keywords: child behavioral problems; conduct disorder; parent training; parenting; parent–child relationships;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 6202
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 16:29
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
    Publisher: American Psychological Association
    Refereed: Yes
      Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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