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    The Incredible Years Parenting program in Ireland: A qualitative analysis of the experience of disadvantaged parents

    Furlong, Mairéad and McGilloway, Sinéad (2011) The Incredible Years Parenting program in Ireland: A qualitative analysis of the experience of disadvantaged parents. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 17 (4). pp. 616-630. ISSN 1359-1045

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    Controlled trials demonstrate that parenting programs work, but less is known about the processes of change, contextual factors or intervention characteristics that influence trial outcomes. This qualitative study assessed the experiences of Irish parents involved in a randomized controlled trial of the Incredible Years BASIC parenting program, with a view to understanding how and why the program works, or does not work, within disadvantaged settings. Data from 33 parents of young children (aged 3–7 years) with conduct problems were collected by semi-structured interviews and analysed using constructivist grounded theory. Emerging themes indicated that parents perceived the program to have produced positive changes through learning key parenting skills (e.g. positive attention, empathy and problem-solving skills) and through enhanced parental mood/ confidence, derived primarily from gaining non-judgmental support from the group. Parents also experienced cultural, personal and environmental challenges in learning the new skills, including discomfort with praise and positive attention, conflict with their partner and parenting within an antisocial environment. Parents dropped out of the course for largely circumstantial reasons. These findings should help to inform the future implementation of this well-known parenting program both in Ireland and elsewhere.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1177/1359104511426406
    Keywords: Conduct problems; Incredible Years; parenting; parent programs; qualitative evaluation;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
    Item ID: 6212
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    Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
    Date Deposited: 18 Jun 2015 16:06
    Journal or Publication Title: Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry
    Publisher: SAGE Publications
    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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