A pilot trial of a parent training for mothers of adolescents with intellectual disabilities

[Speaker] Yamaguchi, Masahiro:1
1:Fukuyama City University (Japan)

[Purpose] The purpose of this study was to examine the effects of a group-based parent training for mothers of adolescents who are students of school for mentally challenged children.
[Methods] Five mothers participated in 5 sessions of parent training. The age range of participants was 46 to 50 years, and the age range of participants' children was 13 to 17 years. The effects of parent training were assessed by questionnaires on participants' depression and parental stress, and problematic behavior of children administered before and after parent training.
[Results] The results showed that scores reduced for 3 of 5 participants for depression and children's internalizing / externalizing problems, and for 2 of 5 participants for parental stress after parent training.
[Conclusion] The results suggest that parental training can improve parenting skills, and thus reduce children's problematic behavior and depression, potentially reduce mothers' stress.
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