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Researchers provide rare evaluation of parenting programme

Researchers provide rare evaluation of parenting programme

(L-R) Leeanne O'Hara, Dr Kathryn Higgins and Professor Geraldine Macdonald from the Institute of Childcare Research

Research carried out at Queen’s has provided a rare evaluation of one of the few parenting programmes in the UK for parents of adolescents.

The independent evaluation of the Parenting Ur Teen programme, which supports parents whose children are negotiating their adolescence, was carried out by the Institute of Childcare Research at Queen’s. Funded by Parenting NI with a grant from Atlantic Philanthropies, the research is the only randomised trial of such a programme in the UK.

The report was completed by Dr Kathryn Higgins, Professor Geraldine Macdonald, Dr Katrina McLaughlin, Leeanne O’Hara, Dr Mark McCann and John Moriarty from the Institute of Childcare Research. The findings were launched at an event in the Europa Hotel at which the speakers included Minister Edwin Poots MLA, Pip Jaffa, Chief Executive Parenting NI, Dr John Coleman from University of Oxford and Professor Charlie Lewis, Lancaster University.  

Professor Macdonald, Director of the Institute of Childcare Research, said: “The findings provide evidence of the effectiveness of the Parenting Ur Teen programme, with the findings pointing to positive changes in parental mental health, parental stress and the parent-teen relationship.

“The findings were based on short term assessment of outcomes, but nonetheless illustrate the impact/importance of an intervention for parents of adolescents.”

The programme was evaluated using an experimental design, in which study participants were randomised either to the Parenting Ur Teen Programme or a wait-list control group. Parents in the wait-list control received the programme two to three months later.

An Executive Summary of the full evaluation report can be obtained via the Parenting NI website or by clicking here.

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