Drop-out from parenting training programmes : a retrospective study

Friars, Patrice and Mellor, David 2009, Drop-out from parenting training programmes : a retrospective study, Journal of child and adolescent mental health, vol. 21, no. 1, pp. 29-38, doi: 10.2989/JCAMH.2009.

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Title Drop-out from parenting training programmes : a retrospective study
Author(s) Friars, Patrice
Mellor, DavidORCID iD for Mellor, David orcid.org/0000-0001-5007-5906
Journal name Journal of child and adolescent mental health
Volume number 21
Issue number 1
Start page 29
End page 38
Total pages 10
Publisher National Inquiry Services Centre
Place of publication Grahamstown, South Africa
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1728-0583
Summary Objective: Parent training programmes are a well-established treatment approach for children and adolescents with disruptive behaviour disorders. However, dropout from treatment is a common problem that confounds research on the efficacy of this approach, and wastes important mental health resources. This study sought to further our understanding of the reasons why parents drop out of parent training programmes.

Nine parents of children with disruptive behaviour disorders who had dropped out of a parent training programme were interviewed to investigate why they discontinued the programme.

Results: Parents who dropped out of treatment believed that their children were more difficult than other children with the same disorder and may have been better suited to a child-focused intervention. The parents themselves had very stressful lives, with the majority being single mothers with little support. Dropout parents also had difficulty with the group context and putting strategies into place. Practical concerns included parking, timing of session and the length and number of sessions.

Conclusions: The findings are discussed in terms of what modifications can be made to these programmes to increase retention.
Language eng
DOI 10.2989/JCAMH.2009.
Field of Research 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 920410 Mental Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2009, NISC Pty Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019824

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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