Promoting effective parenting practices and preventing child behavior problems in school among ethnically diverse families from underserved, urban communities

Child Dev. 2011 Jan-Feb;82(1):258-76. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2010.01554.x.


This study examines the efficacy of ParentCorps among 4-year-old children (N = 171) enrolled in prekindergarten in schools in a large urban school district. ParentCorps includes a series of 13 group sessions for parents and children held at the school during early evening hours and facilitated by teachers and mental health professionals. ParentCorps resulted in significant benefits on effective parenting practices and teacher ratings of child behavior problems in school. Intervention effects were of similar magnitude for families at different levels of risk and for Black and Latino families. The number of sessions attended was related to improvements in parenting. Study findings support investment in and further study of school-based family interventions for children from underserved, urban communities.

Publication types

  • Multicenter Study
  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Behavior Therapy
  • Child Behavior Disorders / ethnology*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Child Rearing
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cultural Diversity*
  • Education / methods*
  • Family Therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Minority Groups / psychology*
  • New York City
  • Parenting / ethnology
  • Parenting / psychology
  • Patient Dropouts / psychology
  • Personality Assessment
  • Psychotherapy, Group*
  • Social Environment*
  • Socioeconomic Factors*
  • Translational Research, Biomedical
  • Urban Population*
  • Vulnerable Populations / ethnology*
  • Vulnerable Populations / psychology*