Research Abstracts: Parenting Support

Title: Parenting programme for parents of children at risk of developing conduct disorder cost effectiveness analysis
Author: Edwards, Rhiannon T et al
Reference: British Medical Journal, 31.03.07, pp.682-685

This study used an incremental cost effectiveness analysis alongside a pragmatic randomised controlled trial of the effectiveness of a group parenting programme delivered through Sure Start in the community. Sure Start areas in north and mid-Wales were used in the study. Participants were parents of 116 children aged 36-59 months at risk of developing conduct disorders (defined by scoring over the clinical cut off on the Eyberg child behaviour inventory). Children were identified by health visitors and recruited by the research team. The intervention used was the Webster-Stratton Incredible Years basic parenting programme or a six-month waiting list control. It is concluded that this parenting programme improves child behaviour as measured by the intensity score of the Eyberg child behaviour inventory at a relatively low cost and was cost effective compared with the waiting list control. This parenting programme involves modest costs and demonstrates strong clinical effect, suggesting it would represent good value for money for public spending.

Title: Conduct disorders a practitioner’s guide to comparative treatments
Editor(s): Nelson III, WM; Finch, Jr. Alfred J;  Hart, Kathleen J (eds)
Publisher: New York Springer Publishing, 2006

The authors set out to permit practising clinicians from different theoretical orientations to describe what works best for conduct-disordered youth. Following the nature and etiology of conduct disorder and a detailed case, different theoretical perspectives (for example, family, cognitive/behavioral, multisystemic, residential) describe their model, assessments, goals, and intervention strategies. The editors collaborate for an integrative and comparative summary.

Title Conduct disorder and behavioural parent training research and practice
Author: O’Reilly, Dermot
Publisher: Jessica Kingsley, 2005. 207p, bibliog

This is an introduction to the field of conduct disorder and the individual, familial and social factors that influence the development of persistent antisocial behaviour. The author presents thorough evidence for the effectiveness of the following aspects of behavioural parent training compliance training encouraging good behaviour through praise, enthusiasm and attention using “time out” as an effective punishment technique transfer of improvements to school setting and effects of treatment on the child’s siblings.

Title: Service innovations developing a parent/carer support group in an in-patient adolescent setting
Author: Slowik, Michael et al
Reference: Psychiatric Bulletin, 28(5), May 2004, pp.177-179

The concept of a parent support group at the Regional Adolescent Unit in Birmingham was developed in Spring 2001 by two of the authors, driven by recognition of unmet needs of parents whose children were in-patients, coupled with the specialist registrars’ need for training experience in group work. The authors therefore aimed to reflect on the process of setting up and running a parent support group in a tertiary setting elucidate and describe themes brought up in the group meetings and identify any therapeutic elements, and whether the group was useful.



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