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QUESTION: Does a group based parent training programme improve the short term mental health of children under 3 years of age?
Studies were identified by searching Medline (1970–2001), EMBASE/Excerpta Medica (1974–2001), Biological Abstracts (1985–2001), British Nursing Index (1994–2001), CINAHL (1982–2001), PsycINFO (1970–2001), Sociological Abstracts (1963–2001), Social Science Citation Index (1994–2001), ASSIA, the Cochrane Library (Issue 3, 2001), the National Research Register (Issue 4, 2001), Dissertation Abstracts (1980–2001), ERIC, and bibliographies of relevant papers.
Randomised or quasi-randomised controlled trials were selected if they compared a group based parenting programme with a waiting list or no treatment control, involved parents of children aged 0–3 years, and measured child mental health on ≥1 standardised instrument.
Data were extracted on study quality, participants, interventions, and outcomes. Authors were …
Source of funding: PPP Healthcare Trust UK.
For correspondence: Dr J Barlow, University of Oxford, Oxford, UK.