International Journal of Psychology and Psychological Therapy
  

Volume 19 Num. 1 - March 2019

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Addressing Parental Stress and Adolescentsí Behavioral Problems through an Attachment-Based Program: An Intervention Study

Volume 19 Num. 1 - March 2019 - Pages 89-100

Authors:

Yagmur Ozturk , Marlene Moretti , Lavinia Barone

Abstract:

The primary concern of this study is to address parenting stress and adolescentsí behavioral and emotional problems through an attachment based parenting intervention (Connect parents group) for parents of adolescents, in particular to test whether this intervention led to reduced levels of parenting stress, and adolescentsí emotional and behavioral problems. 44 parents (33 mothers and 11 fathers; M= 50.4, SD= 4.9) of adolescents (M= 15 years, SD= 1.4) were randomly assigned to one of two groups: An attachment based intervention group (Connect), or a wait-list control group. They were assessed before and immediately after the ten-week intervention. Outcome measures were self-reported parenting stress, and multi-informant assessments of adolescentsí emotional and behavioral problems. Compared to the control group, parents completing the Connect program reported significant reductions in their adolescentsí externalizing behavior problems at treatment completion. Mediation model showed that, among parents completing the Connect program reductions in parental stress were mediated through decreases in adolescentsí externalizing behavior problems. Decrease in adolescentsí externalizing behavioral problems affected parental stress experienced in caring. These preliminary results underscore the importance of helping parents of adolescents to reduce levels of parenting stress through effective interventions able to curtail adolescentsí emotional and behavioral problems. Furthermore, they provide additional evidence for the effectiveness of the Connect program and offer insights into the potential mechanisms that underlie change

Key words:

parenting stress, adolescence, behavioral problems, attachment-based parenting intervention, Connect parent group

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