Parenting and family intervention in treatment

Robert J. Mcmahon*, Dave S. Pasalich

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    The primary purpose of this chapter is to present and critically evaluate current family-based treatments for conduct problems (CP) in children and adolescents. The first section of the chapter describes the theoretical underpinnings of CP and key family factors and processes in the development and maintenance of CP, as well as a brief description of selected family-based interventions for CP with children and adolescents. We then summarize the extensive evidence base for family-based interventions for child and adolescent CP, with discussion of both its strengths and limitations. We focus on generalization and social validity, comparison studies, mechanisms and moderation, various implementation issues, and economic analyses. The chapter concludes with suggestions for future research, policy, and practice. Areas for future research include the personalization of family-based treatments, technology-based interventions, treatment fidelity, and the amalgamation of social learning-based interventions with those derived from alternative theoretical conceptualizations. Future directions for policy and practice include the need to select evidence-based interventions, recognition of family-based treatment as a core intervention for youth CP, family-based treatment as prevention, and implementation in real-world settings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHandbook of Parenting and Child Development Across the Lifespan
    PublisherSpringer International Publishing
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Electronic)9783319945989
    ISBN (Print)9783319945972
    Publication statusPublished - 6 Dec 2018


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