Behaviour Change

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A Controlled Evaluation of an Enhanced Self-Directed Behavioural Family Intervention for Parents of Children With Conduct Problems in Rural and Remote Areas

Carol Markie-Daddsa1 and Matthew R. Sandersa2 c1

a1 The University of Queensland, Australia.

a2 The University of Queensland, Australia. matts@psy.uq.edu.au

Abstract

Few studies have examined the impact of parenting interventions for families in rural and isolated areas who have children with conduct problems, where access to professional services can be difficult. The present investigation compared the effects of three conditions, two levels of self-directed behavioral family intervention: an enhanced self-directed program that combined a self-help program using written materials and a weekly telephone consultation (ESD), a self-help program (SD) and a waitlist control group (WL). At postintervention the ESD group reported significantly lower levels of disruptive behaviour, and lower levels of dysfunctional parenting than the SD and WL controls, and higher levels of consumer satisfaction. At 6 months follow-up the main effects for the ESD group had been maintained. The SD group continued to evidence improvement from postintervention to follow-up such that 65% of children in the ESD condition and 57% of children in the SD condition showed clinical reliable change on measures of disruptive behaviour. Implications of findings and directions for future research are discussed.

Correspondence:

c1 Address for correspondence: Matthew R. Sanders, Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland, St Lucia QLD 4072, Australia.