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Engagement and effectiveness of parent management training (incredible years) for solo-high risk mothers : a multiple baseline evaluation

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by D Lees, Kevin Ronan
The effectiveness of The Incredible Years parent-training program with a small sample of four high risk solo mothers in a public clinic setting was assessed. All families had a number of risk factors for early drop-out and poor outcomes. Mindful of resource limitations in the public setting, economical strategies were used to enhance attendance rates and engagement. For the outcome evaluation, a multiple baseline across participants design was used. Participants attended a 2-hour group treatment session weekly for twenty weeks, with booster sessions at 2 months and 4 months following treatment. Participants had sons aged between 6 years and 9 years diagnosed with ADHD. Family functioning was assessed from a pretreatment interview schedule, measures of child behaviour and parent and family functioning. Participants also completed program satisfaction and program evaluation measures. Results showed: (a) all mothers engaged with and finished the program, (b) improvement in family functioning, (c) improvements in some teacher and parent reports of child behaviour, (d) increased parenting confidence, (e) reduced stress and depression levels for most parent participants, and (f) reports of better parent–child relationships. Additionally, participants all reported being highly satisfied with the program. Findings overall support the use of easy to do engagement strategies and the use of the Incredible Years parent-training program as an effective, low cost and early step intervention for families at higher risk in a day-to-day practice setting. The use of this intervention in an overall stepped care approach is considered and discussed.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Volume

25

Issue

2

Start Page

109

End Page

128

Number of Pages

20

ISSN

0813-4839

Location

Australia

Publisher

Australian Academic Press

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Institute for Health and Social Science Research (IHSSR); Tauranga Hospital (NZ);

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Behaviour change.

Exports

CQUniversity

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