Marital discord and treatment outcome in behavioral treatment of child conduct disorders

Dadds, Mark R., Schwartz, Steven and Sanders, Matthew R. (1987) Marital discord and treatment outcome in behavioral treatment of child conduct disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55 3: 396-403. doi:10.1037//0022-006X.55.3.396

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Author Dadds, Mark R.
Schwartz, Steven
Sanders, Matthew R.
Title Marital discord and treatment outcome in behavioral treatment of child conduct disorders
Journal name Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0022-006X
Publication date 1987-01-01
Year available 1987
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037//0022-006X.55.3.396
Open Access Status File (Author Post-print)
Volume 55
Issue 3
Start page 396
End page 403
Total pages 8
Place of publication Washington DC
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Subject 380000 Behavioural and Cognitive Sciences
380100 Psychology
380107 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Abstract Research assessing the role of marital variables in the treatment of childhood conduct disorders is scarce. The aim of this study was (a) to assess the role of marital discord in the overall outcome of a program training parents in behavioral techniques (behavioral parent training) and (b) to assess the effects of an adjunctive treatment (partner support training [PST]) on outcome. The latter treatment focused on marital conflict, communication, and problem solving. Twenty-four families with a child diagnosed as oppositional or conduct disordered were assigned to either a marital-discord group (n = 12) or a no-marital-discord group (n = 12). Families within each group were then randomly assigned to either child management training (CMT) alone or CMT with PST. Measures of child deviance, parenting behavior, and marital satisfaction were collected at pre- and posttraining and at a 6-month follow-up. Results indicated a significant interaction between marital discord and treatment type on most measures at follow-up but not at posttraining. Although PST added little to the maintenance of change for the nondiscordant group, it produced significant gains over those who received CMT only for the discordant group. Further results highlighting the interaction of marital and treatment variables are discussed.
Keyword conduct disorder
marital discord
CD
behavioural parent training
behavioral parent training
partner support training
PST
marital conflict
communication
problem- solving
oppositional behaviour
oppositional behavior
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown
Additional Notes This is an author version of an article originally published as Mark R. Dadds, Steven Schwartz, Matthew R. Sanders (1987) Marital discord and treatment outcome in behavioral treatment of child conduct disorders. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 55 (3): 396-403. doi: 10.1037/0022-006X.55.3.396. Copyright 1987 American Psychological Association. All rights reserved. This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the APA journal. It is not the copy of record.

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