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Keywords:

  • Evaluation;
  • conduct disorder;
  • parenting;
  • prevention;
  • school

Background

Interventions aimed at high-need families have difficulty demonstrating short-term impact on child behaviour. Measuring impact on use of services could provide short-term indication of longer term benefits.

Method

During a feasibility pilot study we collected data on service use and attitudes to services from a small sample of parents from high-need families, before and after receiving the Helping Families Programme.

Results

Respondents provided a range of opinions on a variety of social and community services received.

Conclusions

The study demonstrates the potential of short-term changes in enhanced service use data for building hypotheses of longer term change.