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Child Dev. 2008 Sep-Oct;79(5):1395-414. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01195.x.

The family check-up with high-risk indigent families: preventing problem behavior by increasing parents' positive behavior support in early childhood.

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Child and Family Center, Department of Psychology, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR 97401, USA. dishion@uoregon.edu

Abstract

Seven hundred thirty-one income-eligible families in 3 geographical regions who were enrolled in a national food supplement program were screened and randomized to a brief family intervention. At child ages 2 and 3, the intervention group caregivers were offered the Family Check-Up and linked parenting support services. Latent growth models on caregiver reports at child ages 2, 3, and 4 revealed decreased behavior problems when compared with the control group. Intervention effects occurred predominantly among families reporting high levels of problem behavior at child age 2. Families in the intervention condition improved on direct observation measures of caregivers' positive behavior support at child ages 2 and 3; improvements in positive behavior support mediated improvements in children's early problem behavior.

PMID:
18826532
PMCID:
PMC2683384
DOI:
10.1111/j.1467-8624.2008.01195.x
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