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Self-Help Parent Training for Conduct Problems in Children

The recruitment status of this study is unknown. The completion date has passed and the status has not been verified in more than two years.
Verified November 2008 by University of Oxford.
Recruitment status was:  Recruiting
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
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University of Oxford Identifier:
First received: March 3, 2006
Last updated: March 10, 2009
Last verified: November 2008
This project will introduce a self-help parent training programme for families on National Health Service (NHS) waiting lists for child mental health services. It will examine whether access to treatment can be increased by providing an intervention that requires fewer resources and by releasing clinician time for more serious cases. This intervention will be tested in a randomised, controlled trial in which 35 subjects will receive treatment immediately and 35 will receive treatment after waiting for 10 weeks. All families will also complete questionnaires before and after the 10 week study period in order to measure changes in child behaviour, parenting, and parental mental health. Cost-effectiveness of this programme will also be analysed. Intention-to-treat analyses will be conducted.

Condition Intervention Phase
Behavioral Symptoms Behavioral: Self-help Triple P Behavioural Family Intervention Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Intervention Model: Parallel Assignment
Masking: None (Open Label)
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Can Self−Help Parent Training Reduce Conduct Problems in Children on NHS Waiting Lists for Child Mental Health Services?

Further study details as provided by University of Oxford:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory [ Time Frame: 6 months ]
  • Sutter-Eyberg Student Behavior Inventory [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Parent Daily Report [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Depression-Anxiety Stress Scale [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Parent Sense of Competence Scale [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Parenting Scale [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Dyadic Adjustment Scale [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]
  • Therapy Attitude Inventory [ Time Frame: 10 weeks ]

Estimated Enrollment: 70
Study Start Date: July 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: February 2009
Estimated Primary Completion Date: February 2009 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: 1
Self-help Triple P Behavioural Family Intervention
Behavioral: Self-help Triple P Behavioural Family Intervention
10-week self-help workbook and videos
Other Name: Triple P
No Intervention: 2
Wait-list control


Ages Eligible for Study:   2 Years to 5 Years   (Child)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   Yes

Inclusion Criteria:

  • Families on waiting lists and child and adolescent mental health services clinics with children aged 2−5.
  • Scores in the clinical range on a standardised measure of child behaviour problems.
  • At least one parent in each family must be literate, fluent English speakers to participate because the self-administered intervention will primarily consist of written instructions and information in English.

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Clients whose children score below a clinical cut-off score on a standardised measure of child behaviour problems. This is to ensure that participants are appropriate for an intervention aiming to reduce behaviour problems.
  • Non-English speakers or those who are unable to read cannot be included because reading English is required to complete the self-administered intervention.
  • Children or parents with severe disabilities and children with a developmental disorder (e.g., autism) will be excluded because the version of the parent training programme that will be implemented is not designed for families with these types of problems.
  • Children who live with a temporary caregiver will be excluded because the intervention is designed for full-time parents and follow-up will be after one year.
  • Children or parents who are currently receiving treatment for psychological problems will be excluded because outcomes may be influenced by interventions not affiliated with this project.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00299442

Contact: Gretchen J. Bjornstad, M.Sc. +44(0)1865 270342

United Kingdom
West Berkshire PCT Recruiting
Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom, RG1 7TD
Contact: Chris Hollingshead         
Principal Investigator: Gretchen J Bjornstad, M.Sc.         
Wycombe CAMHS Recruiting
High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom, HP13 5BW
Contact: Susan Wimshurst         
Principal Investigator: Gretchen Bjornstad, M.Sc.         
Sue Nicholls Centre Recruiting
Aylesbury, Bucks, United Kingdom, HP20 1EG
Contact: Eleanor Rowsell, Ph.D.         
Principal Investigator: Gretchen J Bjornstad, M.Sc.         
Sponsors and Collaborators
University of Oxford
Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust
Principal Investigator: Paul Montgomery, D. Phil. University of Oxford
  More Information

Responsible Party: Dr. Paul Montgomery, University of Oxford Identifier: NCT00299442     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 05/Q1606/57
Study First Received: March 3, 2006
Last Updated: March 10, 2009

Keywords provided by University of Oxford:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Behavioral Symptoms processed this record on September 19, 2017