Community-based parent training more effective for troubled preschoolers

Parents of disruptive children who join community parental training groups may have better outcomes than those who undertook identical programs individually.

A total of 114 participants took part in 12-week courses led by childcare experts that covered tips on homework, problem-solving skills and encouraging pro-social behaviour. Parents in group and individual courses both reported improvements but the group sessions were more than six times more cost-effective. Community groups also had better maintainence of these gains at a six-month follow-up.

The study will be used to improve parent engagement with community programs.

Read more at McMaster University

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