Parenting classes work

7th September 2007 at 01:00
Parent training programmes have a positive effect on children's behaviour, but many programmes involve only a couple of hours of interaction with parents every week, so the results are often limited, government research has found.

Parenting programmes are often relatively cheap to implement but effective in the short term, and home-visit programmes help to reduce child abuse and improve children's development and behaviour. But success often depends on individual staff. Researchers therefore recommended that successful pilot programmes are not automatically rolled out nationally.

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