Using a behavioural family intervention to produce a three-generational benefit on family outcomes: a case report

Kirby, James N. and Sanders, Matthew R. (2013) Using a behavioural family intervention to produce a three-generational benefit on family outcomes: a case report. Behaviour Change, 30 4: 249-261. doi:10.1017/bec.2013.24


Author Kirby, James N.
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Using a behavioural family intervention to produce a three-generational benefit on family outcomes: a case report
Journal name Behaviour Change   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0813-4839
2049-7768
Publication date 2013-12
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/bec.2013.24
Open Access Status
Volume 30
Issue 4
Start page 249
End page 261
Total pages 13
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Collection year 2014
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Grandparents have a significant role in providing regular child care to their grandchildren. As such, they are in a unique position to help with the prevention of child disruptive disorders. However, the child-care role grandparents provide can also negatively impact the grandparent-parent relationship.

Aims: This case study examined the impact of a parenting program designed specifically for grandparents on a grandparent providing regular child care to her granddaughter.

Method: A case study is presented of a 56-year-old grandmother providing between 31–40 hours of care per week to her granddaughter, who is at risk of developing an early onset child disruptive disorder. The grandparent was measured on outcomes of child behaviour; parenting style; parenting confidence; psychological wellbeing in terms of stress, depression, and anxiety; and relationship satisfaction with the parent. The parent was also measured on child behaviour outcomes and relationship satisfaction with the grandparent. Measures were given at baseline, post-intervention, and at 6-month follow-up.

Results: The grandparent reported significant reductions in stress, anxiety and depression; improved relationship satisfaction with the parent; and decreased reliance on dysfunctional parenting practices. The parent also reported decreased child behaviour problems and increased relationship satisfaction with the grandparent. No findings were found for parenting confidence.

Conclusion: This case study provides encouraging findings for a new parenting program designed specifically for grandparents, and it is recommended that future research evaluate its efficacy in a randomised controlled trial.
Keyword Grandparent
Parent
Behavioural family intervention
Triple P
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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