test Browse by Author Names Browse by Titles of Works Browse by Subjects of Works Browse by Issue Dates of Works

Advanced Search
& Collections
Issue Date   
Sign on to:   
Receive email
My Account
authorized users
Edit Profile   
About T-Space   

T-Space at The University of Toronto Libraries >
School of Graduate Studies - Theses >
Master >

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
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
Appears in Collections:Master
Department of Human Development and Applied Psychology - Master theses

Files in This Item:

File Description SizeFormat
DeRubeis_Sera_C_200911_MA_thesis.pdfMain article423.78 kBAdobe PDF

Items in T-Space are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.