An evaluation of a brief disobedience discussion group for pre-schoolers

Little, Amy (2012). An evaluation of a brief disobedience discussion group for pre-schoolers Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Little, Amy
Thesis Title An evaluation of a brief disobedience discussion group for pre-schoolers
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-10
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Cassandra Dittman
Total pages 82
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Disobedience is common in typically developing children, but becomesa problem when it happens too often and is difficult for parents to manage. Easily accessible interventions with a population approach are needed to manage disobedience and prevent the development of serious externalising behaviour problems. Behavioural family interventions are commonly used for the prevention and treatment of child behaviour problems; however, existing programs are intensive, costly and not easily accessible. Objective: The current study examined the efficacy of a brief two-hour discussion group for parents of disobedient three- to five-year-old children. Twenty-two parents were randomly assigned to either an intervention or waitlist control group. Parents in the intervention condition participated in a two hour discussion group where they learnt ways to prevent and manage their child’s disobedience using positive parenting strategies. Parents completed measures of child behaviour and self-regulation, parenting style, parental self-efficacy, parental wellbeing, and parental relationship quality. Results indicated that after the intervention there were significant reductions in child behaviour problems generally and disobedient behaviour specifically, and significant improvements in parental confidence. Conclusions: The current study supports the efficacy of a brief parenting discussion group for childhood disobedience and demonstrates that a brief intervention can be minimally sufficient to improve child and parent outcomes.
Keyword Disobedience discussion group
Pre-school children

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