Treatment Outcomes for Toddlers with Behaviour Problems from Families in Poverty
Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
© 2009 Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Child and Adolescent Mental Health
Volume 14, Issue 4, pages 183–189, November 2009
How to Cite
Fox, R. A. and Holtz, C. A. (2009), Treatment Outcomes for Toddlers with Behaviour Problems from Families in Poverty. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 14: 183–189. doi: 10.1111/j.1475-3588.2009.00527.x
- Issue published online: 5 OCT 2009
- Article first published online: 6 APR 2009
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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.