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An 8-week peer-led parenting intervention reduces parent-reported behavioural problems in socially disadvantaged children

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Question: Does a peer-led parenting intervention improve behavioural problems in children of socially disadvantaged families?

Patients: Parental caregivers of 116 children, aged 2–11 years with behavioural problems. Families were eligible for inclusion if the parent caregiver had identified difficulties in managing the child's behaviour in the absence of neurodevelopmental problems. Exclusion criteria were insufficient parental English language skills, parents unable to commit to weekly sessions and if the parent was not currently living at home with the child. No exclusion criteria based on the type or severity of the child's problems were set.

Setting: Three schools, two children's centres and one church in a socially deprived inner city area of London, UK; from January to December 2010.

Intervention: Peer-led parenting intervention or waitlist control for 8 weeks. The manualised peer-led parenting intervention (as part of the empowering parents, empowering communities programme) was delivered by six pairs of trained peer facilitators to groups of 7–14 parents over the course of weekly, two hourly sessions. Intervention sessions involved sharing of information, group discussion, demonstration, …

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  • Sources of funding Guys and St Thomas' Charity and the London Borough of Southwark.

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  • Competing interests None.