Enhancing outcomes of low-intensity parenting groups through sufficient exemplar training : a randomized control trial

Palmer, Melanie L. and Keown, Louise J. and Sanders, Matthew R. and Henderson, Marion (2019) Enhancing outcomes of low-intensity parenting groups through sufficient exemplar training : a randomized control trial. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50 (3). pp. 384-399. ISSN 0009-398X

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    Abstract

    Low-intensity parenting groups, such as the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program Discussion Groups, appear to be a cost-effective intervention for child conduct problems. Several studies evaluating a Triple P Discussion Group on disobedience found promising results for improving child and parent outcomes. However, a sufficient exemplar training approach that incorporates generalization promotion strategies may assist parents to more flexibly apply positive parenting principles to a broader range of child target behaviors and settings, leading to greater change. We compared the effects of sufficient exemplar training to an existing narrowly focused low-intensity intervention. Participants were 78 families with a 5–8 year-old child. Sufficient exemplar training resulted in more robust changes in child behavior and superior outcomes for mothers on measures of parenting behavior, parenting self-efficacy, mental health, and perceptions of partner support at post-intervention and 6-month follow-up. These results indicate that teaching sufficient exemplars may promote generalization leading to enhanced intervention outcomes.

    ORCID iDs

    Palmer, Melanie L., Keown, Louise J., Sanders, Matthew R. and Henderson, Marion ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7582-9516;