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Title: A randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of directive and non-directive parenting programmes as a universal prevention programme
Authors: Chan, S
Leung, C 
Sanders, M
Keywords: Children
Parenting training programme
Randomized controlled trial
Universal programme
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Pier Professional Ltd
Source: Journal of children's services, 2016, v. 11, no. 1, p. 38-53 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of children's services 
Abstract: Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to compare the effectiveness of directive programmes led by professionals where parents were taught specific parenting knowledge and strategies (Triple P - Positive Parenting Program) and non-directive parenting programmes in the form of mutual-aid support group as a universal prevention programme. Design/methodology/approach - This study employed a randomised controlled trial design. Participants included 92 Hong Kong Chinese parents with preschool children recruited from eight kindergartens and a local church. They were randomised into Group Triple P, non-directive group and control group. They completed measures on their perception of child behaviour problems and their parental stress before and after intervention. Findings - At post-intervention, results indicated significantly greater decrease in child disruptive behaviours among participants in the Triple P group than those in the non-directive group and control group while no significant group difference was found between the latter two groups. No significant difference was found in post-intervention parental stress level among the three groups. Originality/value - This study provides empirical evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of a directive parenting programme vs a non-directive one.
ISSN: 1746-6660
DOI: 10.1108/JCS-08-2014-0038
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