Predictors of Outcome for Parents of Children with a Disability Completing a Parenting Programme

Hyland, Emma (2016). Predictors of Outcome for Parents of Children with a Disability Completing a Parenting Programme Professional Doctorate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Hyland, Emma
Thesis Title Predictors of Outcome for Parents of Children with a Disability Completing a Parenting Programme
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2016-05-30
Thesis type Professional Doctorate
Supervisor Associate Professor Kate Sofronoff
Total pages 107
Language eng
Subjects 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified
Abstract/Summary The term disability is a multidimensional concept and often classified in different ways depending on the purpose of assessment. Developmental disability is a term used to describe disabilities that are neurodevelopmental in origin and commonly include deficits in social interactions, emotional, cognitive and memory problems, comorbid psychopathology and challenging behaviours. Children with a developmental or other disability have been found to be two to three times more likely to develop emotional and behavioural problems compared to their typically developing peers. Parents of children with a disability have been shown to be at an increased risk of decline in mental health and socioeconomic difficulties. The Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) programme is based on the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme and was specifically designed for parents of a child with a disability. The current study includes 229 participants from the wider SSTP project that was conducted throughout Australia. It assessed outcomes in the seminar and group versions of the programme and investigated predictors of outcome in SSTP. Results revealed that the combined seminar and group participants indicated a significant decrease in problematic parenting practices, increase in parenting efficacy, and decrease in child emotional and behavioural problems. In conservative statistical analysis there was no significant difference between the less intensive seminar and more intensive group outcomes. Analysis of factors that were predictive of outcome found that parents who completed high school displayed more improvements in problematic parenting practices at post intervention than those parents that did not complete high school. Furthermore a yearly family income of above $80, 000 was associated with less improvement in problematic parenting practices post intervention compared to families with an income under $80, 000. Five case studies are presented to demonstrate a range of outcomes for the seminar and group interventions and to further explore perceived barriers to improvement. A qualitative analysis of parents’ satisfaction is included, which demonstrates parents were mostly satisfied with the programme and behaviour changes. Implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed along with strengths and limitations of the current study.
Keyword Parenting Programme
Disability
Stepping Stones Triple P
Predictors of Outcome

 
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