A pilot web based positive parenting intervention to help bipolar parents to improve perceived parenting skills and child outcomes

Jones, Steven, Calam, Rachel, Sanders, Matthew, Diggle, Peter J., Dempsey, Robert and Sadhnani, Vaneeta (2013) A pilot web based positive parenting intervention to help bipolar parents to improve perceived parenting skills and child outcomes. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 42 3: 283-296. doi:10.1017/S135246581300009X


Author Jones, Steven
Calam, Rachel
Sanders, Matthew
Diggle, Peter J.
Dempsey, Robert
Sadhnani, Vaneeta
Title A pilot web based positive parenting intervention to help bipolar parents to improve perceived parenting skills and child outcomes
Journal name Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1352-4658
1469-1833
Publication date 2013-04-02
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1017/S135246581300009X
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 42
Issue 3
Start page 283
End page 296
Total pages 14
Place of publication Cambridge, United Kingdom
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Language eng
Subject 3203 Clinical Psychology
2700 Medicine
Abstract Background: Children of bipolar parents are at elevated risk for psychiatric disorders including bipolar disorder. Helping bipolar parents to optimize parenting skills may improve their children's mental health outcomes. Clear evidence exists for benefits of behavioural parenting programmes, including those for depressed mothers. However, no studies have explored web-based self-directed parenting interventions for bipolar parents. Aims: The aim of this research was to conduct a pilot study of a web-based parenting intervention based on the Triple P-Positive Parenting Programme. Method: Thirty-nine self-diagnosed bipolar parents were randomly allocated to the web-based intervention or a waiting list control condition. Parents reported on their index child (entry criterion age 4-10 years old). Perceived parenting behaviour and child behaviour problems (internalizing and externalizing) were assessed at inception and 10 weeks later (at course completion). Fifteen participants (4 control group and 11 intervention group) did not provide follow-up data. Results: Levels of child behaviour problems (parent rated; Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire) were above clinical thresholds at baseline, and problematic perceived parenting (self-rated; Parenting Scale) was at similar levels to those in previous studies of children with clinically significant emotional and behavioural problems. Parents in the intervention group reported improvements in child behaviour problems and problematic perceived parenting compared to controls. Conclusions: A web-based positive parenting intervention may have benefits for bipolar parents and their children. Initial results support improvement in child behaviour and perceived parenting. A more definitive study addressing the limitations of the current work is now called for. Copyright
Keyword Bipolar disorder
parenting intervention
web intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online before print: 2 April 2013.

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