Enhancing positive parent-child interactions and family functioning in a poverty sample: a randomized control trial

Mariana Negrão, Mariana Pereira, Isabel Soares*, Judi Mesman

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Abstract

This study tested the attachment-based intervention program Video-feedback Intervention to promote Positive Parenting and Sensitive Discipline (VIPP-SD) in a randomized controlled trial with poor families of toddlers screened for professional's concerns about the child's caregiving environment. The VIPP-SD is an evidence-based intervention, but has not yet been tested in the context of poverty. The sample included 43 families with 1- to 4-year-old children: mean age at the pretest was 29 months and 51% were boys. At the pretest and posttest, mother-child interactions were observed at home, and mothers reported on family functioning. The VIPP-SD proved to be effective in enhancing positive parent-child interactions and positive family relations in a severely deprived context. Results are discussed in terms of implications for support services provided to such poor families in order to reduce intergenerational risk transmission.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-328
Number of pages14
JournalAttachment and Human Development
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Keywords

  • Attachment
  • Family functioning
  • Intervention
  • Parent-child interaction
  • Parenting
  • Poverty

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