HumanInsight Examining the Efficacy of Online Administration of a Time-Limited School Readiness Intervention in the Face of COVID-19
Behav Ther. 2023 May;54(3):557-571. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2022.12.006. Epub 2022 Dec 23.
Although the efficacy of online administration of behavioral parent training (BPT) programs is well-established, such programs address a single risk factor (behavioral functioning) for school readiness difficulties (comprised of academics, cognitive skills, and social, emotional, and behavioral functioning). The current study aims to examine the feasibility, acceptability, and efficacy of a telemedicine delivery of the School Readiness Parenting Program (SRPP), an integrative adaptation of PCIT designed to address the behavioral and academic domains of school readiness. The present study takes the first step towards validating an online administration of the SRPP as a treatment for early childhood disruptive behavior. Data were collected for 64 children ages 2-6 years (Mage = 4.63, SD = 0.86; 78.1% Hispanic/Latinx) and their families, who received either in-person administration of time-limited PCIT (PCIT-TL; n=30) or online administration of SRPP (n=34). A series of repeated measures ANOVAS were conducted to examine within and between group effects. Results revealed that both SRPP and PCIT-TL significantly reduced inattention (d's = -0.54 to -0.88), aggression (d's = -0.55 to -1.06), and behavioral symptomology (d's = -0.55 to -0.85) and produced significant gains in parental skills (d's = -1.47 to 2.99). Notably, online SRPP demonstrated greater improvement in positive parental verbalization, whereas PCIT-TL demonstrated greater reductions in parental stress. Overall, findings support the utility of online SRPP for addressing behavioral school readiness concerns.
PMID:37088510 | DOI:10.1016/j.beth.2022.12.006
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