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Title: Randomised controlled trial of an intervention to increase attendance at parent training
Author: Halsey, Claire
ISNI:       0000 0004 2670 0638
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2009
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Literature Review: Factors affecting attendance at parent training are presented and consideration is given to theoretical models which might be applied to this field. It is revealed that single parents, those of lower socio-economic status, lower income and experiencing mental health difficulties are less likely to attend. Therapist characteristics including experience, warmth and empathy and the use of administrative strategies all predict increased attendance. Parental motivation and expectations do not have clear roles in affecting parent training attendance. Methodological issues such as inconsistent definitions of attendance and small sample sizes are discussed, as are cautions about generalising findings from specific samples. The health belief model and the theory of planned behaviour are reviewed and considered to have potential for further study concerning attendance at parent training. Research Report: The investigation of a strategy to increase attendance at parent training is presented. One group of parents receive an experimental intervention to develop implementation intention's to overcome barriers to attendance, the control group do not. The two groups are compared on their attendance at parent training. Descriptive statistics indicate that parents in the experimental group do participate in more parent training sessions than the control group, however this trend failed to reach statistical significance. Parents with stronger intents to attend were statistically more likely to complete parent training. The development of implementation intentions prior to attendance was not found to enhance the clinical gains of parents attending parent training. Further research is recommended to explore the relevance of the theory of planned behaviour to parent training. Critical Appraisal: The origins of the project, its organisation and implementation are described. Points of learning are discussed, dissemination plans detailed and areas for continuing professional development expressed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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