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Successes and Challenges in Preventing Conduct Problems in Australian Preschool-aged Children Through the Early Impact (EI) Program

Larmar, Stephen A., Dadds, Mark R, & Shochet, Ian M. (2006) Successes and Challenges in Preventing Conduct Problems in Australian Preschool-aged Children Through the Early Impact (EI) Program. Behaviour Change, 23(2), pp. 121-137.

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Abstract

This article reports on the initial effects of the Early Impact (El) Program, a preventative program that includes home and school components designed to arrest the development of conduct problems in preschool-aged children. Participants included 455 preschool-aged children enrolled across 10 schools. Schools were randomly assigned to either El or control conditions. All participants were screened at the commencement of the academic year to determine those children considered more at risk for ongoing conduct problems. Following screening n=66 children were identified in the intervention group and n=69 in the control. The intervention commenced in the second term of the academic year and ran over a 10-week period. Teachers involved in the intervention were highly engaged and satisfied with the program design. Improvements were reported at the school level at post- intervention with mixed evidence of durability of change at 6-month follow-up. Parent participants were more difficult to engage and reported no changes in the behaviour of children in the home. The study provides initial evidence of the efficacy of the El intervention as a means of preventing conduct problems in young children at the school level; however, issues associated with parental engagement and home- based change remain to be solved.

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ID Code: 10653
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Subject (Major), Behaviour problems, Family life, Intervention, Parent attitudes, Parent participation, Teacher attitudes Subject (Minor), Early childhood education, Preschool children, Pretests posttests Identifier, Early Impact (EI) Program
DOI: 10.1375/bech.23.2.121
ISSN: 0813-4839
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Health Clinical and Counselling Psychology (170106)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > PUBLIC HEALTH AND HEALTH SERVICES (111700) > Mental Health (111714)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Centre for Health Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2006 Australian Academic Press
Deposited On: 09 Nov 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:25

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