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Preventive Intervention for Preschoolers at High Risk for Antisocial Behavior: Long-Term Effects on Child Physical Aggression and Parenting Practices

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Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Volume: 37 Issue: 2 Dated: 2008 Pages: 386-96
Date Published
11 pages

The authors present their analysis of long-term effects of a preventive intervention aimed at young children who were at high risk for antisocial behavior.


In this article, the authors present the long-term effects of preventive intervention for young children at high risk for antisocial behavior. Ninety-two children (M age = 4 years) were randomly assigned to an eight-month family intervention or no-intervention control condition; they were assessed four times over a 24-month period. Intent-to-treat analyses revealed significant intervention effects on observed child physical aggression, and significant intervention effects found at the end of the program were maintained at follow-up for responsive parenting, harsh parenting, and stimulation for learning. Parent ratings of child aggression did not show significant effects of intervention. Publisher Abstract Provided

Date Published: January 1, 2008