Parenting groups, how long is enough? The efficacy of a community-run Parents Plus Early Years Program as a preschool parenting intervention of modifiable duration

Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/583453
Title:
Parenting groups, how long is enough? The efficacy of a community-run Parents Plus Early Years Program as a preschool parenting intervention of modifiable duration
Authors:
Lonergan, Aoife; Gerbe, Sarah-Jane; Streek, Adrienne; Sharry, John
Publisher:
Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice
Journal:
Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice
Issue Date:
Jun-2015
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/10147/583453
Item Type:
Article
Language:
en
Description:
Evidence shows that low-intensity community parenting interventions are effective in addressing child behavioral problems. This study aims to examine the effectiveness of the Parents Plus Early Years (PPEY) parenting intervention delivered as a single workshop or a seven-week course to a non-clinical community sample by trained preschool practitioners. A between groups, repeated measures, matched pairs design was used. 121 parents of preschool aged children participated in a PPEY seven-week course (N=89) or a single workshop (N=32). Participants were compared pre-intervention and seven weeks later on measures of child difficulties and prosocial behavior and parental satisfaction and stress. A paired samples t-test found that parents reported the seven-week intervention significantly improved child prosocial behavior. Both group formats significantly improved child difficulties, parental satisfaction, and stress. The seven-week group demonstrated significantly greater improvement in parental stress and satisfaction than the workshop group. Effect sizes showed that while both groups were beneficial, the seven-week group produced greater parent-reported gains. Findings suggest that single session parenting workshops are beneficial, though the longer courses are likely to facilitate a greater magnitude of change. Further study using a control group and follow-up testing is suggested.
Keywords:
PARENTING; EDUCATION; CHILDREN

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DC FieldValue Language
dc.contributor.authorLonergan, Aoifeen
dc.contributor.authorGerbe, Sarah-Janeen
dc.contributor.authorStreek, Adrienneen
dc.contributor.authorSharry, Johnen
dc.date.accessioned2015-12-09T12:18:32Zen
dc.date.available2015-12-09T12:18:32Zen
dc.date.issued2015-06en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10147/583453en
dc.descriptionEvidence shows that low-intensity community parenting interventions are effective in addressing child behavioral problems. This study aims to examine the effectiveness of the Parents Plus Early Years (PPEY) parenting intervention delivered as a single workshop or a seven-week course to a non-clinical community sample by trained preschool practitioners. A between groups, repeated measures, matched pairs design was used. 121 parents of preschool aged children participated in a PPEY seven-week course (N=89) or a single workshop (N=32). Participants were compared pre-intervention and seven weeks later on measures of child difficulties and prosocial behavior and parental satisfaction and stress. A paired samples t-test found that parents reported the seven-week intervention significantly improved child prosocial behavior. Both group formats significantly improved child difficulties, parental satisfaction, and stress. The seven-week group demonstrated significantly greater improvement in parental stress and satisfaction than the workshop group. Effect sizes showed that while both groups were beneficial, the seven-week group produced greater parent-reported gains. Findings suggest that single session parenting workshops are beneficial, though the longer courses are likely to facilitate a greater magnitude of change. Further study using a control group and follow-up testing is suggested.en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherGlobal Journal of Community Psychology Practiceen
dc.subjectPARENTINGen
dc.subjectEDUCATIONen
dc.subjectCHILDRENen
dc.titleParenting groups, how long is enough? The efficacy of a community-run Parents Plus Early Years Program as a preschool parenting intervention of modifiable durationen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.identifier.journalGlobal Journal of Community Psychology Practiceen
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