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Title: Parent management training compared to an ecological intervention for young children with conduct problems
Authors: Meerschaert, Thierry
Bosmans, Guy
Braet, Caroline
De Mey, Wim
Merlevede, Els
Van Leeuwen, Karla #
Issue Date: 2002
Conference: Congress of the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies edition:32 location:Maastricht (NL) date:18-21 september 2002
Abstract: Introduction. The number of children and youngsters with antisocial behaviour is estimated at 4 to 10% of the total Flemish population. This means it is the most frequent mental health problem with children and adolescents. The prognosis of children showing antisocial behaviour is not favourable. Longitudinal research shows a high level of stability of antisocial behaviour. The cost for the community of children and adolescents with antisocial behaviour is very high. Ecological interventions are seen as necessary. However, they are very costly. The presentation will examine the effectiveness of a parent management training in comparison with an ecological intervention.
Method. In this study 90 families with young children (4-7yrs) having conduct problems were randomly assigned to one of three conditions: (1) a parent management training group, (2) an ecological intervention including a parent management training, a child training and an intervention at school or (3) a waiting list condition. Parents and children were assessed before and after the treatment and at 1-year follow-up.
The parent management training consists of 10 sessions spread over a 6-month period. Parents were seen in groups of 8-10 parents. The aim of the parent management training group is to reinforce the prosocial behaviour of the child and to reduce antisocial behaviour in the natural context where it occurs via operant techniques. In the ecological intervention, the teachers received the same program. The child training focuses on the child’s social skills and problem solving behaviour. Children in the child training group were seen for 10 session of 8 hours, spread over 6 months.
Results. Results of the parent management training condition and the ecological intervention condition will be presented.
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IMa
Appears in Collections:Parenting and Special Education
# (joint) last author

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