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Parenting scheme works for at-risk families

A support scheme for at-risk families facing external stress helps to improve mothers’ mental health and parenting confidence as well as the conduct of young children, a study shows

A support scheme for at-risk families facing external stress helps to improve mothers’ mental health and parenting confidence as well as the conduct of young children, a study shows

A programme that supports families with young children facing external stress helps to improve mothers’ mental health and parenting confidence, a study shows.

The observational study evaluated the Mellow Parenting programme, which helps at-risk families with complex needs.

The programme is multi-modal, guided by attachment theory, social learning and cognitive behaviour theory. Information was collected on 183 mothers and their children over a 21-month period. Some 60% of the women had a history of mental health problems and 90% of the children were aged under three.

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