Evid Based Nurs 9:106 doi:10.1136/ebn.9.4.106
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A self directed behavioural family intervention with telephone consultations improved toddler behaviour and parenting skills

 Q In families with concerns about their toddler’s behaviour, is a self directed behavioural family intervention (SD-BFI), with or without telephone assistance (TA) by a therapist, effective in improving child behaviour and parenting skills?



randomised controlled trial.





GraphicFollow up period:

10 weeks, plus 6 months for the 2 intervention groups.


Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.


126 families with a healthy child 18–36 months of age (mean age 26 mo, 51% boys) who had expressed concerns about the child’s behaviour. Families currently receiving counselling were excluded.


42 families were assigned to SD-BFI and 43 families to TASD-BFI. Both groups received a self administered programme, comprising a workbook on toddler behaviour problems, …

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