An evaluation of parenting groups for children with behavioural difficulties

Smith, Rebecca (2013). An evaluation of parenting groups for children with behavioural difficulties. University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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This thesis comprises two parts. The first part is a systematic literature review evaluating the long-term (one year and over) effects of group parent training programmes. From 19 selected papers findings suggested that the positive effects of attending a parenting programme can last up to 14 years after the programme has finished in the areas of child behaviour, parents’ own feelings of well-being, and parenting skills, style and competence. The second part is an empirical study of an uncontrolled pre, post and follow-up evaluation of the Understanding Your Child’s Behaviour (UYCB) group: A parenting group based on the Solihull Approach. Parents attending a 10 week UYCB group were asked to complete questionnaires about their child’s behavior, their own feelings of well-being and their relationship with their child at the start, end and 3 months after attending the group. A total of 160 parents took part in the study. The results showed that immediately after finishing the group parents reported improvements in their child’s behaviour, their own feelings of well-being, and their relationship with their child. Similar findings were found at the 3 month follow-up, suggesting that the group can be helpful for some months after it has finished.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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