Effectiveness of a parent training programme adapted for children with a learning disability
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Effectiveness of a parent training programme adapted for children with a learning disability

Catriona George Clinical associate psychologist, NHS Lothian, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Learning Disability Service
Gill Kidd Consultant clinical psychologist, NHS Lothian, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services Learning Disability Service
Marita Brack Senior clinical psychologist, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde/University of Edinburgh

A modified version of an intervention was used to teach techniques to improve parent-child interactions and reduce stress. Catriona George and colleagues report on the findings

Aim There is increasing evidence to support the effectiveness of parent management training programmes with families of typically developing children. This pilot study assessed the validity of a modified version of the Incredible Years Parent Training programme as an intervention for parents of children with moderate to severe learning disability.

Method Five carers and four children completed the programme. A repeated measures design was used, incorporating observation to analyse changes in parent-child interactions, and self-report measures of perceived parent stress and child behaviour problems both pre- and post-intervention. Parent satisfaction was also explored.

Results The results showed a decrease in observed negative parent-child interactions and stress, and an increase in observed positive interactions.

Conclusion The Incredible Years Parent Training Programme may be a useful early intervention for some families of children with a learning disability. The effects on child problem behaviours were equivocal, and longer-term, larger trials are needed.

Learning Disability Practice. 14, 8,18-24. doi: 10.7748/ldp2011.10.14.8.18.c8740

Correspondence

catriona.george@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

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