The extended school aged Incredible Years parent programme

Year: 2011
Bibliography: Hutchings, J., Bywater, T., Williams, M.E., Whitaker, C., Lane, E., & Shakespeare, K. (2011). The extended school aged Incredible Years parent programme. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16(3), 136-143. DOI: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2010.00590.x.


Developed to improve parenting skills, parenting programmes have been shown to be effective and cost-effective interventions for parents of children with challenging behaviour (Hutchings et al., 2007b; Edwards et al., 2007), with very little else having been shown to work (McMahon & Forehand, 2005). There is considerable evidence of their effectiveness from randomised trials (e.g. Scott et al., 2001) and in systematic reviews (Barlow & Stewart-Brown, 2000), but there have been few trials to test parent programmes in real-world community settings delivered by existing staff as part of their everyday work.

The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effectiveness of the IY parenting programme when delivered to parents of children aged 8 to 13 in a service setting, by staff that had received basic leader training but were new to IY programme delivery.

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