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Review: group-based behavioural and cognitive-behavioural parenting interventions are effective and cost-effective for reducing early-onset child conduct problems

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Question: Are group-based behavioural and cognitive-behavioural parenting interventions effective and cost-effective in reducing early-onset child conduct problems?

Outcomes: Primary outcomes: child behaviour; parental skills; parental mental health; cost-effectiveness. Effects on short-term outcomes (up to 3 months post-treatment) were assessed.


Design: Systematic review and meta-analysis.

Data sources: CENTRAL (2011, Issue 1), MEDLINE (1950 onwards), EMBASE (1980 onwards), CINAHL (1982 onwards), PsycINFO (1872 onwards), Social Science Citation index (1956 onwards), ASSIA (1987 onwards), ERIC (1966 onwards), Sociological Abstracts (1963 onwards), Academic Search Premier (1970 onwards), Econlit (1969 onwards), PEDE (1980 onwards), Dissertations and Theses Abstracts (1980 onwards), NHS EED (searched 31 January 2011), HEED (searched 31 January 2011), DARE (searched 31 January 2011), HTA (searched 31 January 2011) and randomised controlled trials (mRCT) (searched 29 January 2011) were searched in January 2011. The following parent training websites were searched on 31 January 2011: Triple P Library, Incredible Years Library and Parent Management Training. The reference lists of studies and reviews were hand searched.

Study selection and analysis: RCTs or quasi-RCTs of behavioural and cognitive-behavioural group-based parenting interventions for parents of children aged 3–12 …

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