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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 Programs for Improving Psychosocial Outcomes for Teenage Parents and Their Children

Description of Resource: 
A range of interventions is being used to promote the well-being of teenage parents and their children. Parenting programs have been found to be effective in improving psychosocial health in parents alongside a range of developmental outcomes for children. This systematic review investigated the impact of parenting programs aimed specifically at teenage parents on outcomes for both them and their children. Results from 4 meta-analyses suggest that parenting programs may be effective in improving parent responsiveness to the child, and parent-child interaction, both post-intervention and at follow-up. Infant responsiveness to the mother also showed improvement at follow-up. The results of 4 other meta-analyses were inconclusive.

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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, Smailagic N, Bennett C, Huband N, Jones H, Coren E. Individual and group based parenting programmes for improving psychosocial outcomes for teenage parents and their children. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2011, Issue 3. Art. No.: CD002964. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002964.pub2.