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Parenting training improves problem behaviour in children at risk of conduct disorder

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Does Webster-Stratton Incredible Years basic parenting programme improve behavioural outcomes in preschool children at risk of developing conduct disorder when delivered in a community setting?

Hutchings J, Gardner F, Bywater T, et al. Parenting intervention in Sure Start services for children at risk of developing conduct disorder: pragmatic randomised controlled trial. BMJ 2007;334:678–82.

METHODS

Embedded ImageDesign:

Randomised controlled trial (block randomisation by area in a 2:1 ratio of intervention:control).

Embedded ImageAllocation:

Unclear.

Embedded ImageBlinding:

Single blind (assessors blinded).

Embedded ImageFollow up period:

Unclear; described as “every six months until March 2005”.

Embedded ImageSetting:

Eleven Sure Start areas in north and mid-Wales; recruitment between January 2003 and September 2004.

Embedded ImagePatients:

153 socially disadvantaged families with a child aged 3 or 4 years who were at risk of conduct disorder (score >11 on the Eyberg Child Behaviour Inventory (ECBI) problem scale, or >127 on the ECBI intensity scale).

Embedded ImageIntervention:

Webster-Stratton Incredible Years basic parenting programme (104 families) or waiting list control …

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