A review of parenting programs in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges for preventing emotional and behavioral difficulties in children

Mejia, Anilena, Calam, Rachel and Sanders, Matthew R. (2012) A review of parenting programs in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges for preventing emotional and behavioral difficulties in children. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 15 2: 163-175.


Author Mejia, Anilena
Calam, Rachel
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title A review of parenting programs in developing countries: Opportunities and challenges for preventing emotional and behavioral difficulties in children
Journal name Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1096-4037
1573-2827
Publication date 2012-06
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.1007/s10567-012-0116-9
Volume 15
Issue 2
Start page 163
End page 175
Total pages 13
Place of publication New York United States
Publisher Springer New York
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Many children in developing countries are at risk of emotional and behavioral difficulties, which are likely to be elevated due to the effects of poverty. Parenting programs have shown to be effective preventative strategies in high-income countries, but to date the research on their effectiveness in lower-income countries is limited. International organizations such as the World Health Organization have called for the implementation of programs to prevent behavioral difficulties through the development of stable relationships between children and their parents. The aim of the present paper was to review the literature on parenting programs in developing countries in order to identify challenges, opportunities and directions for further research. First, reports of international organizations were reviewed in order to gain a preliminary overview of the field. In a second stage, a non-systematic review was carried out. Databases were searched in order to identify empirical evaluations of parenting programs in low-income countries. Finally, a systematic review was carried out to specifically identify evaluations of programs targeting emotional or behavioral outcomes. Only one study had a strong methodology among those designed to prevent emotional and behavioral outcomes. Opportunities for further program development and research are identified.
Keyword Parenting programs
Developing countries
Prevention
Children
Behavior
Emotion
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 17 March 2012.

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
Collections: Parenting and Family Support Centre (Triple P) - Publications
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