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Early impact of the BEST intervention for parents stressed by adolescent substance abuse.

Toumbourou, John, Blyth, Anne, Bamberg, John and Forer, Danielle 2001, Early impact of the BEST intervention for parents stressed by adolescent substance abuse., Journal of community & applied social psychology, vol. 11, no. 4, pp. 291-304, doi: 10.1002/casp.632.

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Title Early impact of the BEST intervention for parents stressed by adolescent substance abuse.
Author(s) Toumbourou, JohnORCID iD for Toumbourou, John orcid.org/0000-0002-8431-3762
Blyth, Anne
Bamberg, John
Forer, Danielle
Journal name Journal of community & applied social psychology
Volume number 11
Issue number 4
Start page 291
End page 304
Publisher John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Place of publication Chichester, England
Publication date 2001-07
ISSN 1052-9284
1099-1298
Keyword(s) parent training
drug abuse
family therapy
parent-child relations
adolescents
parents
Summary Youth involvement in substance abuse can be a source of considerable distress for their parents. Unilateral family interventions have been advocated as one means by which concerned family members can be supported to assist substance-abusing family members. To date there has been little research examining the impact of unilateral family interventions on the directly participating family members. In this study the early impact of an 8-week parent-group programme known as Behavioural Exchange Systems Training (BEST) was evaluated using a quasi-experimental, waiting list control design. The professionally led programme had been developed to support and assist parents in their efforts to cope with adolescent substance abuse. Subjects were 66 parents (48 families) accepted for entry into the programme between 1997 and 1998. Comparison was made between 46 parents offered immediate entry into the programme and 20 parents whose entry to the programme was delayed by an 8-week waiting list. At the first assessment 87% of parents showed elevated mental health symptoms on the General Health Questionnaire. Evidence suggested exposure to the intervention had a positive impact on parents. Compared to parents on the waiting list, parents entered immediately into the intervention demonstrated greater reductions in mental health symptoms, increased parental satisfaction, and increased use of assertive parenting behaviours.
Language eng
DOI 10.1002/casp.632
Field of Research 111714 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2001, John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30004177

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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