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Educ. Sci. 2018, 8(3), 134;

Confident Parents for Easier Children: A Parental Self-Efficacy Program to Improve Young Children’s Behavior

Psychological Sciences Research Institute, University of Louvain, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Faculté de Psychologie, Logopédie et Sciences de L’éducation, Université de Liège, 4000 Liege, Belgium
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Received: 20 June 2018 / Revised: 13 August 2018 / Accepted: 28 August 2018 / Published: 31 August 2018
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This study presents the effects on children’s behavior of Confident Parents, a focused parenting program targeting parental self-efficacy. This parenting program aims to improve child behavior through the enhancement of parental self-efficacy. Confident Parents was experimentally tested on a total sample of 80 parents of three-to-six-year-old preschool aged children with moderate to clinical levels of externalizing behavior. Thirty-seven parents participated in the program, and were compared with a waitlist control group (n = 43). The intervention consisted of eight weekly group sessions. Effect sizes were evaluated through both observational and parent-report measures on the child’s behavior, as well as self-reported parental self-efficacy at pretest, post-test, and a four-month follow-up. Through a multi-level analysis, predictors of the change in the child’s behavior were identified. The moderating effect of socio-economic risk and externalizing behavior at baseline were also included in the analysis. Results show that Confident Parents improved the child’s behavior, both reported by parents and, to a lesser extent, when observed in interaction with the parent. Children with higher levels of behavior difficulty benefited more while those with socio-economic risk benefited less from this program. These results illustrate that focusing a parenting program on improving self-efficacy is effective to reduce externalizing behavior in children. This underdeveloped treatment target is worthy of investigation in parenting intervention research. View Full-Text
Keywords: parenting; preschoolers; intervention; self-efficacy; child externalizing behavior parenting; preschoolers; intervention; self-efficacy; child externalizing behavior

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Mouton, B.; Loop, L.; Stiévenart, M.; Roskam, I. Confident Parents for Easier Children: A Parental Self-Efficacy Program to Improve Young Children’s Behavior. Educ. Sci. 2018, 8, 134.

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