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Title: Parenting programmes for behavioural problems: where do tertiary units fit in a comprehensive service?
Authors: Beeson, M
Davison, I
Vostanis, P
Window, S
First Published: Jul-2006
Citation: CLIN CHILD PSYCHOL PSYCHIATRY, 2006, 11 (3), pp. 335-348
Abstract: Children with behavioural problems are often referred to child mental health services without rationalization of criteria or referral routes. The aims of the present study were to establish the psychosocial characteristics of children with behavioural problems referred to a tertiary Day Resource, and to compare these with children referred for similar problems to a specialist outpatient child mental health service and a family support community service. Demographic data, the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire and the Health of the Nations Outcome scales for Children and Adolescents were used. Families attending the Day Resource were found to have more involvement with other agencies, and children showed higher levels of clinical severity and complexity. Most of this difference was accounted for by attentional difficulties, as well as communication and physical health problems. These findings confirmed the hypothesis that families seen at tertiary service level presented with more complex psychosocial needs and frequent child comorbidity, thereby justifying the multimodal treatment package developed at that service level. It is concluded that there is a need for this level of parenting interventions, but only for complex cases that have not responded to community interventions.
DOI Link: 10.1109/TVCG.2006.113
ISSN: 1359-1045
Type: Journal Article
Appears in Collections:Published Articles, School of Psychology

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