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Review: group based parent training programmes lead to short term improvements in maternal psychosocial health

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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 …

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  • Source of funding: no external funding.

  • For correspondence: Ms E Coren, Health Services Research Unit, University of Oxford, Institute of Health Sciences, Old Road, Headington, Oxford OX3 7LF, UK. Fax +44 (0)1865 226711.