Predictors of Engagement in a School-Based Family Preventive Intervention for Youth Experiencing Behavioral Difficulties

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The researchers longitudinally assessed parent and child levels of engagement in an evidence-based preventive intervention for children. The sample included 114 fifth graders with aggressive, disruptive behaviors and their parents who participated in the Coping Power Program. Findings indicate that levels of engagement differentially fluctuated for children and parents throughout the course of the intervention. Results also suggest that child levels of engagement early in the course of the program influenced parent mid-intervention levels of engagement. Further, these relationships persisted when the influence of family environment variables were included in analyses.

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Acknowledgements

The completion of this study has been supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (R49\CCR418569). Additional support was provided by grants from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (DA-08453, DA-16135, 3R24DA021527-01A2S1).

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Ellis, M.L., Lindsey, M.A., Barker, E.D. et al. Predictors of Engagement in a School-Based Family Preventive Intervention for Youth Experiencing Behavioral Difficulties. Prev Sci 14, 457–467 (2013). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11121-012-0319-9

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Keywords

  • Child intervention engagement
  • Family intervention
  • Behavioral difficulties
  • School-based
  • Cognitive-Behavioral