Reducing problem behavior during care-giving in families of preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities.

Research paper by Karen M KM Plant, Matthew R MR Sanders

Indexed on: 20 Jun '06Published on: 20 Jun '06Published in: Research in Developmental Disabilities


This study evaluated two variants of a behavioral parent training program known as Stepping Stones Triple P (SSTP) using 74 preschool-aged children with developmental disabilities. Families were randomly allocated to an enhanced parent training intervention that combined parenting skills and care-giving coping skills (SSTP-E), standard parent training intervention alone (SSTP-S) or waitlist control (WL) condition. At post-intervention, both programs were associated with lower levels of observed negative child behavior, reductions in the number of care-giving settings where children displayed problem behavior, and improved parental competence and satisfaction in the parenting role as compared with the waitlist condition. Gains attained at post-intervention were maintained at 1-year follow-up. Both interventions produced significant reductions in child problem behavior, with 67% of children in the SSTP-E and 77% of children in the SSTP-S showing clinically reliable change from pre-intervention to follow-up. Parents reported a high level of satisfaction with both interventions.