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Group-based psychological interventions for parents with mental health symptoms and a child under the age of 5: A Scoping Review

Aras, Aylin; Fonagy, Peter; Rosan, Camilla; Campbell, Chloe; (2023) Group-based psychological interventions for parents with mental health symptoms and a child under the age of 5: A Scoping Review. In: Panayiotou, Georgia and Greiff, Samuel, (eds.) Abstracts and programme book of the 18th European Congress of Psychology. (pp. p. 15). Hogrefe: Oxford, United Kingdom. Green open access

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Abstract

In addition to the negative effects of parental psychopathology on the parent’s daily functioning, parental mental health problems have been associated with deteriorations in parent-infant bonding and parenting quality, as well as impairments in many areas of a child’s functioning in the long-term such as poorer outcomes in brain, language, social, emotional and cognitive development. The existing reviews examining the effects of psychological interventions conducted with parents with mental health problems in the early years of parenting predominantly focus either on individually delivered intervention modalities or only one outcome domain (parent mental health, parenting quality, child development). Therefore, this review aims to address this gap by systematically evaluating group-based psychological interventions for parents with mental health problems and a child under the age of 5 by specifically focusing on the roles of group-based psychological interventions in improving parent mental health, parenting, and child developmental outcomes. After a systematic search in five electronic databases, 31 papers were included in the study. Based on the treatment elements used in each intervention, included studies were classified as mental health, parenting/child development, or both parenting and mental health-focused interventions. Great variability has been noted in the combinations and types of interventions delivered. Although definitive conclusions are not possible due to a limited number of available studies, a small sample size, and the heterogeneity of the measures used, the results revealed some support for the effectiveness of group-based intervention modalities for enhancing mental health and various parenting outcomes. However, only a handful of studies examined child outcomes, and the results were insignificant in most of the studies. In terms of the types of therapy modalities, group cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group interpersonal psychotherapy (IPT) as well as groups incorporating attachment-based parenting elements have been found most effective in many outcome domains.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Group-based psychological interventions for parents with mental health symptoms and a child under the age of 5: A Scoping Review
Event: 18th European Congress of Psychology, July 2023, Brighton
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1024/2673-8627/a000043
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1024/2673-8627/a000043
Language: English
Additional information: © 2023 The Author(s). Distributed as a Hogrefe OpenMind article European Journal of Psychology Open(2023),82(Suppl. 1)under the license CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)
Keywords: Social Sciences, Psychology, Multidisciplinary, Psychology
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10186947
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