Treatment Outcomes for Toddlers with Behaviour Problems from Families in Poverty



Background:  Relatively few treatment studies address mental health issues in very young children. This study examined the effectiveness of a treatment program for toddlers whose behaviour problems were further complicated by living in poverty.

Method:  An evidence-based treatment program was adapted for use in the homes of 102 toddlers for an average of 12 weekly sessions.

Results:  Significant improvements were found for the children’s behaviour problems and their compliance to parent requests.

Discussion:  The inherent challenges in working with at-risk families and the challenges in delivering mental health services for very young children living in poverty are discussed.