Sicotte, R., Letarte, M.J., Hélie, S., & Leclair Mallette, I.A. (2018). Moderating Role of the Form of Maltreatment Experienced by Children on the Effectiveness of a Parent Training Program. Child Maltreatment, 1-10.
The study examines whether the form of maltreatment experienced by the child moderates the effects of a parent training program (PTP) on the probability that the child’s case will be closed. This study involved 736 children on whom the Montreal child protective services (CPS) agency had an active file between 2007 and 2015. The experimental group was composed of all children with a parent who participated in the PTP Incredible Years (n. 368). A control group was matched with the experimental group based on a propensity score. Cox regression revealed that once parents have participated in the PTP, the probability that their children’s cases will be closed increases more for children being followed because of neglect than for those being followed because of emotional maltreatment. Results show that a parent’s participating in a PTP is associated with an increase of the probability that his or her child’s CPS case will be closed and hence with a reduction of the length of time that the child must receive protective services.