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How much do we know about the long-term effectiveness of parenting programmes? Advances, shortcomings, and future directions

How much do we know about the long-term effectiveness of parenting programmes? Advances,... Purpose– Parenting programmes are seen as feasible and cost-effective in preventing early behavioural problems in children and adolescents. A number of studies have concluded that such programmes are effective in reducing child problem behaviours and improving the skills and well-being of parents. Nevertheless, less is known about long-term programme effects. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach– A non-meta-analytic discussion. Findings– Long-term evaluations of parenting programmes suffer from a number of methodological weaknesses resulting in an inability to make robust causal inferences about child and parent outcomes in the longer term. The current evidence is favourable but is likely to be biased by methodological weaknesses. There is a need for more studies of greater methodological strength to obtain conclusive evidence that would guide empirical research, practice and policy. Originality/value– The paper discusses weaknesses in long-term evaluations of parenting programmes and highlights concrete future directions towards improving the quality of study design, evaluation and data analysis. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Children s Services Emerald Publishing

How much do we know about the long-term effectiveness of parenting programmes? Advances, shortcomings, and future directions

Journal of Children s Services , Volume 10 (2): 13 – Jun 15, 2015

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
ISSN
1746-6660
DOI
10.1108/JCS-02-2014-0016
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Abstract

Purpose– Parenting programmes are seen as feasible and cost-effective in preventing early behavioural problems in children and adolescents. A number of studies have concluded that such programmes are effective in reducing child problem behaviours and improving the skills and well-being of parents. Nevertheless, less is known about long-term programme effects. The paper aims to discuss these issues. Design/methodology/approach– A non-meta-analytic discussion. Findings– Long-term evaluations of parenting programmes suffer from a number of methodological weaknesses resulting in an inability to make robust causal inferences about child and parent outcomes in the longer term. The current evidence is favourable but is likely to be biased by methodological weaknesses. There is a need for more studies of greater methodological strength to obtain conclusive evidence that would guide empirical research, practice and policy. Originality/value– The paper discusses weaknesses in long-term evaluations of parenting programmes and highlights concrete future directions towards improving the quality of study design, evaluation and data analysis.

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Journal of Children s ServicesEmerald Publishing

Published: Jun 15, 2015

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