Evid Based Nurs 5:12 doi:10.1136/ebn.5.1.12
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Review: family and parenting interventions reduce subsequent arrests and length of time in institutions in youths with conduct disorder and delinquency

 QUESTION: In youths aged 10–17 years with conduct disorder or delinquency, do family and parenting interventions improve behaviour and long term psychosocial outcomes as well as parenting, family functioning, and parental mental health?

Data sources

Studies were identified by searching Medline, EMBASE/Excerpta Medica, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Sociofile, ERIC, and Healthstar (all to September 1999), and by searching the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register. Bibliographies of relevant studies were reviewed, and experts were contacted for informaton on unpublished trials.

Study selection

Randomised controlled trials in any language were selected if they compared family and parenting interventions with a control group (no treatment, waiting list, or usual care) and assessed outcomes that included youths' behaviour, parenting and parental mental health, family functioning and relationships, and …

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