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Can emotional language skills be taught during parent training for conduct problem children?

Dadds, Mark and Allen, Jennifer and Salmon, Karen and Hawes, David (2009) Can emotional language skills be taught during parent training for conduct problem children? Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40 (4). pp. 485-498.

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To assess the effectiveness of providing training in elaborative, emotion rich reminiscing (emotional reminiscing, ER) as an adjunct to Parent Management Training (PMT) for parents of children (N = 38, M age = 56.9, SD = 15.8 months) with oppositional behaviors. Control parents received PMT and non-language adjunct intervention, child-directed play. All components of the intervention were manualized. Parents in both conditions received training in an abbreviated course of PMT. Parents in the ER condition additionally received brief training in discussing everyday past events with their child incorporating emotion labels and causes, ‘‘wh’’ questions, and detailed descriptive information. Parents in the control condition received training in allowing their child to lead during play sessions. Across both conditions, children’s oppositional behaviors decreased between the beginning and end of training. Providing parents with training parents in an elaborative, emotion-rich reminiscing style resulted in greater parent and child use of elaborations and emotion references during shared conversations. Given findings in the literature of an association between parental emotion talk and children’s emotional competence, developmental skills that are frequently compromised in oppositional children, the current pilot study has implications for interventions that broaden the focus of PMT.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: Conduct problems, Parent training, Parent–child conversations, Health and wellbeing
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Psychology and Human Development
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2014 16:44
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:07
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