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A self directed behavioural family intervention with telephone consultations improved toddler behaviour and parenting skills

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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?


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randomised controlled trial.

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

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Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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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 …

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  • For correspondence: Dr A Morawska, University of Queensland, St. Lucia, Queensland, Australia. alina{at}

  • Source of funding: KidsHelpline, Brisbane, Australia.