Structure & design of the study
To answer these questions, we compare two groups in this study. One group of parents follows the short-term parent training and one group of parents is offered regular care for the behavioural problems of their children. Parents who participate in the study are randomly assigned to one of the groups.
The short-term parent training consists of three meetings. The first two meetings take place shortly (about one or two weeks) after each other and each lasts two hours. The third meeting, a booster, follows (approximately) one week after the second meeting and lasts one hour. The training is given by well-trained therapists with a lot of experience with (parents of) children with behavioural problems. After the short-term parent training, parents can receive additional boosters to prevent or cope with possible relapses, or they can make use of regular care.
Regular care consists of all the care that treatment providers would normally offer parents and children with behavioural problems. For example, psycho-education, cognitive behavioural therapy, longer parent training or medication.