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An attachment family-based intervention to prevent adolescents' problem behaviors: a pilot study in Italy
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.
University of Turin, Turin, Italy.
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7546-2275
2013 (English)In: Child and Youth Care Forum, ISSN 1053-1890, E-ISSN 1573-3319, Vol. 42, no 1, p. 71-85Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

In spite of the proven effectiveness of parenting based programs to prevent adolescent risk behaviors, such programs are rarely implemented in Mediterranean countries.

Objective

This pilot study was aimed at assessing the feasibility and the effects of a parenting based universal prevention program (Connect) in Italy.

Methods

Our sample comprised 147 mothers and 147 youths, aged 11–14 (M = 12.46, SD = .72). We adopted a quasi-experimental design. Forty percent of the parents in the sample were in the intervention condition (receiving 10 one hour lessons a week). ANCOVAs and Cohen’s d coefficients were used to compute intervention effects.

Results

The results showed that, despite difficulty in recruiting parents, the program held promising effects regarding the prevention of alcohol use at a universal level (Cohen’s d = .55); the intervention also marginally decreased the level of non-empathic answers from parents, at least in the short term (Cohen’s d = .32).

Conclusions

This study highlighted the importance of focusing on families to prevent problem behaviors in adolescence. It also points to the need for new strategies to engage parents in universal prevention.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2013. Vol. 42, no 1, p. 71-85
Keywords [en]
Parenting intervention, Tobacco use, Alcohol use, Early adolescence, Attachment
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Psychology
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Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-28953DOI: 10.1007/s10566-012-9189-3ISI: 000314045400005Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-84872922686OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-28953DiVA, id: diva2:619630
Available from: 2013-05-06 Created: 2013-05-06 Last updated: 2017-12-06Bibliographically approved

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