Individual and Group Based Parenting Programs for Improving Psychosocial Outcomes for Teenage Parents and Their Children

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Systematic review

Source: The Cochrane Collaborative

Last Reviewed: March 2011

In this Cochrane systematic review, the Cochrane Collaborative found some evidence that parenting programs may improve short‐ and long‐term interactions between teenage parents and their children. Specifically, results of 4 meta-analyses showed that parenting programs may improve teen parents’ responsiveness to their children, interactions between teen parents and their children, and infants’ responsiveness to teen mothers. Researchers found that differences across studies and the risk of bias limit the conclusions that can be reached and noted that further research is needed.

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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.