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J Consult Clin Psychol. 2003 Jun;71(3):504-15.

Treatment of parental stress to enhance therapeutic change among children referred for aggressive and antisocial behavior.

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  • 1Child Study Center, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Connecticut 06520-7900, USA.


This study evaluated a parent problem-solving (PPS) intervention designed to augment the effects of evidence-based therapy for children referred to treatment for aggressive and antisocial behavior. All children (N = 127, ages 6-14 years) and their families received problem-solving skills training (PSST), and parents received parent management training (PMT). Families were randomly assigned to receive or not to receive an additional component (PPS) that addressed parental stress over the course of treatment. Children improved with treatment; the PPS intervention enhanced therapeutic change for children and parents and reduced the barriers that parents experienced during treatment. The implications of the findings for improving evidence-based treatment as well as the limitations of adding components to treatment are detailed.

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