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Cogn Behav Ther. 2008;37(4):233-46. doi: 10.1080/16506070802364511.

Computer-based intervention with coaching: an example using the Incredible Years program.

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Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR 97403, USA.


Increases in personal computer ownership and Internet use patterns provide a potential avenue for dissemination of evidence-based prevention and treatment interventions. The authors describe the implementation of a psychoeducational intervention (the Incredible Years parenting program, which is designed to promote behavioral change in parents and children) using a hybrid model combining computer- and web-based delivery with professional intervention via phone calls, electronic messages, and home visits. The model attempted to simulate many of the parent training methods shown to be successful in the original program. The intervention was implemented with 90 Head Start families who reported elevated levels of child behavior problems. Of the 45 families offered the intervention in the final year of the project, 37 (82%) completed at least half the program and 34 (76%) completed the entire intervention using procedures refined in light of the initial year's experience. These participants reported high achievement of their self-determined goals and were highly satisfied with the intervention. The combination of technology with professional coaching represents a potential model for adapting and disseminating evidence-based interventions.

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