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Systematic review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: March 2011

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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Reference: 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 (3). DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002964.pub2.