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Parenting self-efficacy, parenting stress and child behaviour before and after a parenting programme.
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PMID:  22464178     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
AimTo explore whether changes in parenting self-efficacy after attending a parenting programme are related to changes in parenting stress and child behaviour. BACKGROUND: Adverse parenting is a risk factor in the development of a range of health and behavioural problems in childhood and is predictive of poor adult outcomes. Strategies for supporting parents are recognised as an effective way to improve the health, well-being and development of children. Parenting is influenced by many factors including the behaviour and characteristics of the child, the health and psychological well-being of the parent and the contextual influences of stress and support. Parenting difficulties are a major source of stress for parents, and parenting self-efficacy has been shown to be an important buffer against parenting stress. METHODS: In all, 63 parents who had a child under the age of 10 years took part in the research. Of those, 58 returned completed measures of parenting self-efficacy, parenting stress and child behaviour at the start of a parenting programme and 37 at three-month follow-up.FindingsImprovements in parenting self-efficacy and parenting stress were found at follow-up, but there was less evidence for improvements in child behaviour. The findings clearly suggest a relationship between parenting self-efficacy and parenting stress; parents who are feeling less efficacious experience higher levels of stress, whereas greater parenting self-efficacy is related to less stress. This study adds to the evidence that parent outcomes may be a more reliable measure of programme effectiveness than child outcomes at least in the short term.
Linda Bloomfield; Sally Kendall
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-4-2
Journal Detail:
Title:  Primary health care research & development     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1477-1128     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2012 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-4-2     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  100897390     Medline TA:  Prim Health Care Res Dev     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  1-9     Citation Subset:  -    
1Research Fellow, Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, UK.
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