The influence of decreased parental resources on the efficacy of a responsive parenting intervention

Karen E. Smith, Susan H. Landry, Paul R. Swank

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Abstract

To understand whether a responsive parenting intervention for socially disadvantaged mothers was related to preintervention parenting resources, the authors examined both of these conditions as moderators of behavior change in 264 participating families (term, n = 120; very low birth weight, n = 144). Families were randomly assigned to an intervention that targeted responsive behaviors or received developmental information. Limited internal resources, particularly higher levels of anger/hostility, were related to less positive change for the broadest range of responsive behaviors for mothers in the information-only condition but not those in the intervention. Decreased social support moderated less change in provision of rich language input. A systematic session format and parent facilitator may be keys to understanding why a responsive parenting intervention can be effective in spite of limited parental resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)711-720
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology
Volume73
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2005

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Keywords

  • Infants
  • Intervention
  • Parental resources
  • Parenting
  • Responsiveness

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  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Clinical Psychology

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The influence of decreased parental resources on the efficacy of a responsive parenting intervention. / Smith, Karen E.; Landry, Susan H.; Swank, Paul R.

In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Vol. 73, No. 4, 08.2005, p. 711-720.

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Smith, Karen E. ; Landry, Susan H. ; Swank, Paul R. / The influence of decreased parental resources on the efficacy of a responsive parenting intervention. In: Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 2005 ; Vol. 73, No. 4. pp. 711-720.
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