Effectiveness of Cognitive and Behavioural Group-Based Parenting Programmes to Enhance Child Protective Factors and Reduce Risk Factors for Maltreatment (Chapter 20 in Wiley Handbook of What Works in Child Maltreatment: An Evidence-Based Approach to Assessment and Intervention in Child Protection).
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Risk and protective factors for child neglect, physical or emotional maltreatment exist at the individual, familial and the larger social system/community levels. Ideally interventions should, therefore, be directed at these multiple levels depending on the specific needs of the family. Behavioural and cognitive behavioural parenting interventions can be delivered in a group format and are increasingly implemented to address ineffective parenting practices. This chapter focuses on various evidence-based strategies, namely, family-centred strategies, parent-centred strategies, whole-system approaches, and child-centred strategies. Incredible Years (IY) is a parent programme frequently accessed, oftentimes by parents identified with children at risk, with parents attending either voluntarily or by being mandated. The family, child and parent strategies outlined have demonstrated some success in enhancing protective factors or reducing risk factors for children of different ages in a preventative or treatment approach. (Author abstract)
risk factors; resilience; Cognitive therapy; child abuse; parenting skills; child rearing; family therapy