Strengthening Effective Parenting Practices Over the Long Term: Effects of a Preventive Intervention for Parentally Bereaved Families

Melissa J. Hagan, Jenn-Yun Tein, Irwin Sandler, Sharlene Wolchik, Tim S. Ayers, Linda Luecken

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Abstract

This study tested the effect of the Family Bereavement Program (FBP), a preventive intervention for bereaved families, on effective parenting (e.g., caregiver warmth, consistent discipline) 6 years after program completion. Families (n = 101; 69% female caregivers; 77% Caucasian, 11% Hispanic) with children between ages 8 and 16 who had experienced the death of one parent were randomized to the FBP (n = 54) or a literature control condition (n = 47). Multiple regression analyses conducted within a multilevel framework indicated that the FBP had a significant positive impact on a multirater, multimeasure assessment of parenting at 6-year follow-up, controlling for pretest levels of parenting and child mental health problems. Mediation analyses showed that short-term program effects on parenting, including caregiver warmth and effective discipline, significantly mediated the impact of the FBP on effective parenting 6 years later. These findings indicate that a relatively cost-effective brief intervention for families who experienced a major stressor resulted in sustained effects on caregiver warmth and consistent discipline 6 years following the program.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)177-188
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2012

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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