The effect of parent education program for preschool children with developmental disabilities: A randomized controlled trial

Man Cynthia Leung, Stanley Chan, Tiney Lam, Sharon Yau, Sandra Tsang

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Abstract

Aim: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a parent education program, the Happy Parenting program, for Chinese preschool children with developmental disabilities. Methods: This study adopted randomized controlled trial design without blinding. Participants were randomized into intervention group (n = 62) who were offered the Happy Parenting program delivered by educational psychologists and trainee educational psychologists, and a control group (n = 57) who were offered a parent talk after the intervention group had completed treatment. Parent participants were requested to complete questionnaires on their children's behavior, their parenting stress, and discipline strategies. Results: Analysis was by intention-to-treat. The results indicated significant decrease in child problem behaviors, parenting stress and dysfunctional discipline strategies in the intervention group at post-intervention. Conclusion: This study provided promising evidence on the effectiveness of a parent education program, the Happy Parenting program, for Chinese preschool children with developmental disabilities.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-28
Number of pages11
JournalResearch in Developmental Disabilities
Volume56
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2016

Keywords

  • Developmental disability
  • Parent training
  • Preschool children

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology

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