Randomized trial of a family-centered approach to the prevention of early conduct problems: 2-Year effects of the family check-up in early childhood

Daniel S. Shaw, Lauren Supplee, Thomas J. Dishion, Frances Gardner, Karin Arnds

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Abstract

Despite recent research indicating that 1 of the pivotal times for identifying pathways to early conduct problems is the toddler period, few family-based preventive interventions have been specifically designed to modify child disruptive behavior during this age period. This randomized trial tested the effectiveness of the Family Check-Up in sustaining maternal involvement and preventing the exacerbation of child conduct problems among 120 at-risk toddler-age boys, half of whom were randomly assigned to a treatment condition. The intervention was associated with reductions in disruptive behavior and greater maternal involvement and was particularly effective for children at greater risk for a persistent trajectory of conduct problems. The results are discussed in relation to other preventive interventions for young children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of consulting and clinical psychology
Volume74
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2006

Keywords

  • Child externalizing problems
  • Early childhood
  • Parent training
  • Parenting
  • Preventive interventions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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