The effectiveness of parenting programmes: a review of Campbell reviews

Barlow, J. and Coren, E. (2017) The effectiveness of parenting programmes: a review of Campbell reviews. Research on Social Work Practice. pp. 1-4. ISSN 1049-7315.

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Parenting practices predict important outcomes for children, and parenting programmes are potentially effective means of supporting parents to promote optimal parenting for pre-adolescent children. The aim of this review was to evaluate the effectiveness of parenting programmes by summarising findings of relevant systematic reviews published in the Campbell Library. Six Campbell systematic reviews evaluated the effectiveness of a range of parenting programmes in the primary and secondary prevention of behavioural problems (among children aged 0 – 3 years), early onset conduct disorder (among children aged 3 – 12 years), outcomes for parents and children with ADHD, outcomes for particular groups of parents and children (i.e., with intellectual disabilities and teenagers), and the psychosocial functioning of parents. The findings of these reviews show that parenting programmes can be effective in improving the emotional and behavioural adjustment of children in the first 12 years of life, in addition to enhancing the psychosocial wellbeing of their parents. The findings also suggest that further research is needed to assess effectiveness of programmes for specific subgroups of parents (e.g., fathers, teenagers, parents with intellectual disabilities) and to assess the long-term effectiveness of parenting programmes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parenting programs; overview; Campbell collaboration
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ0755.7 Parents. Parenthood
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Wellbeing > School of Public Health, Midwifery and Social Work
Depositing User: Ms Esther Coren
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2017 09:41
Last Modified: 13 Dec 2017 13:44

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