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Child disruptive behavior and parenting efficacy: a comparison of the effects of two models of insights

  • Previous research suggests that disruptive behavior in early childhood is associated with later delinquency and school failure.
  • Identification of strategies to reduce the likelihood of such behavior would serve the interests of the children, their parents, schools, and society-at-large.
  • Building on an existing community partnership, the authors found that a  comprehensive temperament-based preventive intervention could reduce disruptive behaviors of urban children at risk for developing more serious behavioral disorders.
  • As part of the interventions, parents learned to recognize their child’s temperament and understand how temperament influences children’s behavior.
  • Importantly, changes in parenting attitudes may be a critical mechanism in preventive interventions and a collaborative intervention focused on awareness of—and responsiveness to—child temperament may be particularly helpful to children with challenging temperaments.

Citation:

O’Connor, E., Rodriguez, E., Cappella, E., Morris, J., McClowry, S. (2012). Child Disruptive Behavior and Parenting Efficacy: A Comparison of the Effects of Two Models of Insights. J Community Psychol. 2012 July; 40(5): 555–572.

Grant:

R01 NR004781

PIs:

Sandee Graham McClowry, RN, PhD, FAAN

Erin O’Connor, Ed.D.

New York University