Effectiveness of an Intervention for Children with Externalizing Behavior and Mild to Borderline Intellectual Disabilities: A Randomized Trial

H.D. Schuiringa, M. van Nieuwenhuijzen, B. Orobio de Castro, J. Lochman, W. Matthys

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Abstract

This study evaluated the effectiveness of Standing Strong Together (SST), a combined group based parent and child intervention for externalizing behavior in 9–16 year-old children with mild to borderline intellectual disabilities (MBID). Children with externalizing behavior and MBID (IQ from 55 to 85) (N = 169) were cluster randomly assigned to SST combined with care as usual or to care as usual only. SST led to a significant benefit on teacher reported but not on parent reported externalizing behavior. SST had significant effects on parent rated positive parenting and the parent–child relationship. The present study shows that a multicomponent group based intervention for children with MBID is feasible and has the potential to reduce children’s externalizing behavior and improve both parenting behavior and the parent–child relationship.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)237-251
Number of pages15
JournalCognitive Therapy and Research
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2017

Keywords

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Externalizing behavior
  • Mild to borderline intellectual disabilities
  • Parent management training

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