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Parenting programs during adolescence: Outcomes from universal andtargeted interventions offered in real-world settings

Journal article
Authors Elin Alfredsson
Valgeir Thorvaldsson
Ulf Axberg
Anders G Broberg
Published in Scandinavian Journal of Psychology
Volume 59
Issue 4
Pages 378-391
ISSN 0036-5564
Publication year 2018
Published at Department of Psychology
Pages 378-391
Language en
Links dx.doi.org/10.1111/sjop.12446
Keywords Adolescent mental health, parenting, parenting programs, prevention, difficulties questionnaire, family interventions, conduct problems, child, strengths, behavior, version, trial, scale, Psychology
Subject categories Psychology

Abstract

The aim of this naturalistic study was to explore short and long-term outcomes of five different group-based parenting programs offered to parents of 10 to 17-year-olds. Three hundred and fifteen parents (277 mothers and 38 fathers) who had enrolled in a parenting program (universal: Active Parenting, COPE; Connect; targeted: COMET; Leadership training for parents of teenagers [LFT]) answered questionnaires at three measurement waves (baseline, post-measurement, and one-year follow-up). The questions concerned parenting style, parental mental health, family climate and adolescent mental health. Results revealed small to moderate changes in almost all outcome variables and in all parenting programs. Overall, parents in COMET reported the largest short and long-term changes. No substantial differences in change were seen between the other programs. The results support the general effectiveness of parenting programs for parents of adolescents.

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