Early parenting intervention: Family risk and first-time parenting related to intervention effectiveness

M.N. Stolk, J. Mesman, J. van Zeijl, L.R.A. Alink, M.J. Bakermans-Kranenburg, M.H. van IJzendoorn, F. Juffer, H.M. Koot

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The effects of cumulative risk and parity on the effectiveness of a home based parenting intervention were tested in a randomized controlled trial with 237 families with 1- to 3-year-old children screened for high levels of externalizing behavior. The intervention was aimed at enhancing positive parenting and decreasing externalizing behaviors. The results showed that cumulative risk was not associated with either change in child externalizing behaviors or change in positive parenting. When intervention effectiveness was compared for primiparas (i.e., first-time mothers) versus multiparas (i.e., mothers with more than one child), we found that intervention mothers of first-born children displayed an increase in their use of positive discipline strategies as compared to first-time mothers in the control group, whereas a similar effect for multiparas was absent. Among multiparas we found an intervention effect on sensitivity, with control group mothers showing an increase in sensitivity, whereas the intervention group showed a constant level of sensitivity over time. These results suggest that parity may be a moderator of intervention effectiveness. Implications for investigating moderators of intervention effectiveness are discussed. © 2007 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)55-83
Number of pages29
JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
Publication statusPublished - 2008


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