Comparing two evidence-based parent training interventions for aggressive children

FOSSUM Sturla, et al
Journal article citation:
Journal of Children's Services, 9(4), 2014, pp.319-329.

Purpose: This paper explores whether the changes in externalising behaviour for young aggressive children differs between two evidence-based parent training (PT) programmes after treatment. The authors were particularly interested in whether the different programmes influenced the results for participants with co-occurring problems (child variables such as heightened levels of attention and internalising problems, and parental variables such as marital status and education) and the consequent additional risk of poorer treatment outcomes. Design/methodology/approach: A comparison of the individual treatment programme 'Parent Management Training – Oregon model' (PMTO) and the group intervention programme 'The Incredible Years' (IY) basic training sessions. Outcomes were explored in matched samples from two earlier Norwegian replication studies. The participants were matched on pre-treatment characteristics using a quasi-experimental mis-matching procedure. Findings: There were no significant differences between the two interventions in parent ratings of externalising behaviours and the lack of differing effects between the two treatments remained when the co-occurring risk factors were introduced into the analyses. Research limitations/implications: The participants were matched on pre-treatment characteristics using a quasi-experimental mis-matching procedure. Practical implications: A possible implication of these findings is that parents should be allowed to choose the treatment format of their preference. Further, individual PT may be more appropriate in rural settings with difficulties in forming group interventions. (Edited publisher abstract)

Subject terms:
parental skills training, evaluation, aggression, children, comparative studies, evidence-based practice;
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