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Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18082

Title: Understanding Treatment Effectiveness for Aggressive Youth: The Importance of Regulation in Parent-child Interactions
Authors: De Rubeis, Sera
Advisor: Granic, Isabela
Department: Human Development and Applied Psychology
Keywords: childhood aggression
parent-child interactions
treatment
regulation
real-time interactions
Issue Date: 11-Dec-2009
Abstract: Reviews summarizing hundreds of studies cite Parent Management Training (PMT) and Cognitive-Behaviour Therapy (CBT) as some of the most effective interventions for aggressive youth (e.g., Brestan and Eyberg, 1998). However, variability in outcomes persists, and we have yet to understand why certain interventions only produce behaviour change in some children. Using a clinical sample of 57 children (53 boys, 4 girls) and their mothers enrolled in a combined PMT/CBT program, the current study examined the relation between changes in real-time parent-child interactions, and children’s externalizing outcomes from pre- to post-treatment. Results showed that dyads who were regulated in their interactions over time reported greater reductions in externalizing symptoms from pre- to post-treatment compared to dysregulated dyads. Changes in mean levels of affective content (e.g., negativity) were not associated with aggressive outcomes. Findings suggest that dyadic regulation may be an important process associated with treatment success for aggressive youth.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1807/18082
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