In adults with dependent children, how effective are group-based parent training programmes, for improving parental psychosocial health?
Overall, there was a good amount of evidence, including one
good-quality systematic review (48 trials) and a further seven
trials (most good or moderate quality) supporting the use of group
parenting programmes. Most of the evidence found significant
short-term improvements (up to six months) in parental stress,
anxiety, depression or an overall measure of psychopathology. Five
out of the seven trials were in a general setting involving parents
of pre-school children (two also included older children) and two
were in a specific setting (a disadvantaged area, and children with
diabetes). Most of the group based parenting programmes were
delivered face-to-face and a web-based programme was only evaluated
by one trial.
As most of the trial participants were women, more research is
needed into the effects of parenting programmes on fathers. Most of
the trials only assessed short-term follow-up in a single setting
so more multi-centre randomised trials, comparing different types
or deliveries of programmes, with longer follow-up periods are
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