A randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of directive and non-directive parenting programmes as a universal prevention programme

Chan, Stanley, Leung, Cynthia and Sanders, Matthew (2016) A randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of directive and non-directive parenting programmes as a universal prevention programme. Journal of Children's Services, 11 1: 38-53. doi:10.1108/JCS-08-2014-0038


Author Chan, Stanley
Leung, Cynthia
Sanders, Matthew
Title A randomised controlled trial comparing the effects of directive and non-directive parenting programmes as a universal prevention programme
Journal name Journal of Children's Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1746-6660
2042-8677
Publication date 2016-03-21
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/JCS-08-2014-0038
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 11
Issue 1
Start page 38
End page 53
Total pages 16
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional
Language eng
Subject 3306 Health (social science)
3304 Education
3204 Developmental and Educational Psychology
3312 Sociology and Political Science
3308 Law
Abstract Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to compare the effectiveness of directive programmes led by professionals where parents were taught specific parenting knowledge and strategies (Triple P - Positive Parenting Program) and non-directive parenting programmes in the form of mutual-aid support group as a universal prevention programme. Design/methodology/approach - This study employed a randomised controlled trial design. Participants included 92 Hong Kong Chinese parents with preschool children recruited from eight kindergartens and a local church. They were randomised into Group Triple P, non-directive group and control group. They completed measures on their perception of child behaviour problems and their parental stress before and after intervention. Findings - At post-intervention, results indicated significantly greater decrease in child disruptive behaviours among participants in the Triple P group than those in the non-directive group and control group while no significant group difference was found between the latter two groups. No significant difference was found in post-intervention parental stress level among the three groups. Originality/value - This study provides empirical evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of a directive parenting programme vs a non-directive one.
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Purpose
– The purpose of this paper is to compare the effectiveness of directive programmes led by professionals where parents were taught specific parenting knowledge and strategies (Triple P – Positive Parenting Program) and non-directive parenting programmes in the form of mutual-aid support group as a universal prevention programme.

Design/methodology/approach
– This study employed a randomised controlled trial design. Participants included 92 Hong Kong Chinese parents with preschool children recruited from eight kindergartens and a local church. They were randomised into Group Triple P, non-directive group and control group. They completed measures on their perception of child behaviour problems and their parental stress before and after intervention.

Findings
– At post-intervention, results indicated significantly greater decrease in child disruptive behaviours among participants in the Triple P group than those in the non-directive group and control group while no significant group difference was found between the latter two groups. No significant difference was found in post-intervention parental stress level among the three groups.

Originality/value
– This study provides empirical evidence to demonstrate the effectiveness of a directive parenting programme vs a non-directive one.
Keyword Evaluation
Children
Chinese
Parenting training programme
Randomized controlled trial
Universal programme
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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