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Innovations in Practice: Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities: A pilot evaluation of a peer-led parenting programme

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Crispin Day, Daniel Michelson, Stacey Thomson, Caroline Penney, Lucy Draper

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)52 - 57
Number of pages6
JournalChild and Adolescent Mental Health
Issue number1
PublishedFeb 2012

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Background: Efficacious parenting interventions are under-utilised in mainstream services. Empowering Parents, Empowering Communities (EPEC) aims to increase community access to effective parenting support through a peer-led manualised intervention.

Method: Training outcomes, clinical effectiveness and acceptability of EPEC were evaluated using a pre-post cohort design. Data were collected from trained peer facilitators (n=31) and parenting group participants (n=73).

Results: Peer facilitators demonstrated significantly increased knowledge of and confidence in delivering parenting groups. Parents attending groups reported improvements in child behaviour and parenting stress, and high satisfaction.

Conclusions: Early evidence suggests that EPEC may be an effective and acceptable service model in socially disadvantaged communities.

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