Evid Based Nurs 5:11 doi:10.1136/ebn.5.1.11
  • Treatment

Review: self help, media-based therapy is effective for behaviour problems in children

 QUESTION: Is self help, media-based therapy effective for managing behaviour problems in children and adolescents?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching Biological Abstracts, CINAHL, the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, Medline, SPECTR, PsycLIT, and Sociofile in 1999; scanning reference lists of articles; and contacting authors.

Study selection

Studies were selected if they were randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials of self help, media based (eg, audiotape, book, computer, manual, videotape, or some combination of these) behavioural therapy for parents or caregivers of children or adolescents with behavioural disorders.

Data extraction

Data were extracted on patients, interventions, and outcomes. Authors were contacted to obtain missing data. The reviewer assessed the quality of study methods.

Main results

9 studies (1 unpublished; 7 randomised, 2 quasi-randomised) met the selection criteria. Follow up ranged from 6 weeks to 2.5 years. Sample sizes ranged from 32 to 160 participants. Sleep problems: 2 studies showed that conventional and booklet treatments were …

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