Group-based Parent Training Programmes for Improving Parental Psychosocial Health

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  • Authors: Jane Barlow, Nadja Smailagic, Nick Huband, Verena Roloff, Cathy Bennett
  • Published Date: 2012-09-01
  • Coordinating groups: Social Welfare
  • Type of document: Review, Previous version
  • Volume: 8
  • Issue nr: 15
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There is evidence from a range of studies to suggest that adverse maternal psychosocial health can have an impact on the parent-infant relationship and potentially lead to adverse child outcomes in the longer term. Parenting programmes are increasingly being used to promote the well-being of parents and children, and this review aims to establish whether they can improve maternal psychosocial health in particular.
The findings of the review are based on a total of 26 studies and these have been classified into five groups according to the theoretical approach underpinning the programme - behavioural, cognitive-behavioural, multi-modal, behavioural-humanistic and rational-emotive therapy. The 23 studies produced a total of 64 assessments of maternal health, including measures of maternal depression, anxiety, and self-esteem. The combined data show that parenting programmes can be effective in improving a range of aspects of maternal psychosocial functioning. While it was not possible to compare the effectiveness of the programmes in the five different categories, all of the programmes reviewed were successful in producing positive change in maternal psychosocial health.
Further research is needed to clarify some of the questions arising from this review.
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