Evid Based Nurs 4:81 doi:10.1136/ebn.4.3.81
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Review: group based parent training programmes lead to short term improvements in maternal psychosocial health

 QUESTION: Are group based parenting programmes effective in improving maternal psychosocial health including anxiety, depression, and self esteem?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, CINAHL, PsycLIT, ERIC, ASSIA, Sociofile, Social Science Citation Index, National Research Register, and the Cochrane Library for the period January 1970 to July 2000 where possible; scanning the reference lists of identified articles and reviews; and by contacting leading independent charitable and voluntary childcare agencies in the UK.

Study selection

Studies were selected if they were randomised controlled trials comparing the effectiveness of a group based parenting programme with a control treatment (waiting list, no treatment, or placebo) using at least 1 standardised instrument measuring maternal psychosocial health.

Data extraction

Data were extracted on patient characteristics, intervention type, and maternal psychosocial health outcomes.

Main results

23 studies met the selection criteria of which 17 provided sufficient data to …

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