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Title: Evaluating the Incredible Years Baby Programme in Wales
Author: Jones, Catrin Hedd
Awarding Body: Prifysgol Bangor University
Current Institution: Bangor University
Date of Award: 2013
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Background: The evidence points to the beneficial effects of early parental interventions on maternal and child developmental outcomes, but the effectiveness of group-based interventions delivered in the first year of life has not as yet been systematically reviewed. Method: A systematic literature search was conducted to identify original reports of evaluations of early group-based interventions for parents that recruited parents after their infants' birth but before the end of their first year of life. Twelve published papers provided quantitative data in their evaluations of interventions and also employed baseline to postintervention comparisons and/or control group comparisons of mate mal and (in some cases) child development variables. These studies are reported and their methods and outcomes are critically reviewed. Results: Group-based early parental interventions resulted in some to improvement in parenting skills, increased positive affect and promote interaction quality, all of which may result in positive child outcomes. A range of methodological flaws in the studies means that the conclusions are speculative and calls for more thorough evaluation of the interventions. Conclusions: Long term evaluations, using validated measures, of these interventions are needed to inform the choices made by policy-makers, service providers and parents.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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