Reducing conduct problems among children brought to women's shelters: Intervention effects 24 months following termination of services

  • McDonald R
  • Jouriles E
  • Skopp N
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Abstract

This study evaluated the long-term effects of Project SUPPORT, an intervention designed to reduce conduct problems among children in domestically violent families. Participating mothers had sought shelter because of domestic violence and had at least one child (4-9 years old) exhibiting clinical levels of conduct problems. Results indicated that at 2 years posttreatment, 15% of children in families in the Project SUPPORT condition exhibited clinical levels of conduct problems compared with 53% of those in the existing services condition. In addition, mothers of children in the Project SUPPORT condition reported their children to be happier, to have better social relationships, and to have lower levels of internalizing problems, relative to children in the comparison condition. Mothers in the Project SUPPORT condition were less likely to use aggressive child management strategies and were less likely to have returned to their partners during the follow-up period.

Author-supplied keywords

  • Child interventions
  • Conduct problems
  • Interparent violence
  • Partner violence
  • Treatment outcome

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