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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
4 out of 4
4 out of 4
Year Published: 

Individual and Group-Based Parenting Programmes for the Treatment of Physical Child Abuse and Neglect

Description of Resource: 
This systematic review examined the extent to which parenting programs (relatively brief and structured interventions aimed at changing parenting practices) are effective in treating physically abusive or neglectful parenting. Seven studies of mixed quality were included in the review. The findings show that there is insufficient evidence to support the use of parenting programs (including objective assessments such as reports of child abuse or placing children on a child protection register) to reduce physical abuse or neglect. There is, however, limited evidence to show that some parenting programs may be effective in improving some outcomes that are associated with physically abusive parenting. There is an urgent need for further rigorous evaluation of the effectiveness of parenting programs that are specifically designed to treat physical abuse and neglect, either independently or as part of broader packages of care.

Evidence-Based Resource Details

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Developed By: 
Cochrane Library
Developer Type: 
Non-Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Early and Middle Childhood
Healthy People 2020 Objectives: 
Resource Type: 
Systematic Review
Barlow J, Johnston I, Kendrick D, Polnay L, Stewart-Brown S. Individual and group-based parenting programmes for the treatment of physical child abuse and neglect. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2006, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD005463. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005463.pub2. Available from: