The Handbook of Parenting brings together in a single volume much of the theoretical and empirical knowledge and aspects of professional activity within the broadly defined field of parenting. Contributions are presented from an internationally renowned group of scholars known for their work in a range of disciplines, including child and family psychology, education and family studies, providing an accessible map of the major debates in theory, research and practice in this important and exciting field. The material is presented comprehensively. It encompasses essential policy and professional issues in all the main areas of current concern from parenting in culturally divergent settings, to parenting children with special needs in areas of physical, mental, social and educational functioning, to looking at ways in which the wider community and technological advances may be able to provide parenting support. Published in a single-volume format, this handbook will prove an invaluable and essential resource. Academics, researchers, practitioners and advanced students in a host of disciplines will gain from its breadth, wealth of information and enormous insight into the principal issues related to parenting theory and practice in the 21st century. The distinctive contribution of this handbook is to present a vast body of research and other information in a manner that is usable by practitioners in a wide range of child and parental support activities.
Chapter 21: Towards a Multi-Level Model of Parenting Intervention
Towards a Multi-Level Model of Parenting Intervention
This chapter outlines the conceptual and empirical basis for the development of a multi-level approach to parent training and family intervention, as an integral component of programmes designed to prevent and treat behavioural and emotional problems in children and adolescents. Specifically, we argue for the value of developing a multilevel, preventively oriented, population health approach to parent education. We have deliberately restricted our exploration of the parenting literature and have constrained our attention to the models of parenting that have the strongest evidence base, namely behaviourally oriented family interventions that are based on social learning models. We begin by discussing the historical context within which these family interventions developed, review the evidence ...