• April 2019
  • Vol. 20, No. 3

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Review Shows Parenting Programs Reduce Recurrence of Physical Child Abuse

An article in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review presents a comprehensive review and meta-analysis of 14 randomized control trials (RCTs) for parenting programs. TheĀ  review was conducted to provide an updated synthesis of the research on the role of parenting programs in preventing recurrence of physical child abuse and to overcome the methodological limitations of prior analyses. The RCTs evaluated eight different social learning theory-based behavioral parent training programs that seek to increase child health and safety and break the cycles of coerciveness in parent-child interactions. The review findings showed that evidence these programs are effective in reducing repeat cases of child physical abuse.

The authors emphasized the importance of sharing these findings with policymakers and practitioners given the serious long-term health effects and enormous societal costs of child maltreatment and its potential for intergenerational transmission.

"Parenting Programs for the Prevention of Child Physical Abuse Recurrence: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis," by Kristina Vlahovicova, G.J. Melendez-Torres, Patty Leijten, Wendy Knerr, and Frances Gardner (Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 20), is available at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5527061/.

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