Eighteen-Month Follow-Up of Internet-Based Parent Management Training for Children with Conduct Problems and the Relation of Homework Compliance to Outcome

Child Psychiatry Hum Dev. 2015 Aug;46(4):577-88. doi: 10.1007/s10578-014-0498-7.


The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate if previously reported treatment gains of a parent management training (PMT) program, administered via Internet, were retained from post to the 18-month follow-up. Another aim was to evaluate homework compliance as a predictor of short and long-term outcomes. Participants were parents of 58 children (3-11 years) with conduct problems who received a 10-week self-directed PMT program, with limited therapist support. Parents of 32 children (55.2 %) responded at all measurement point (baseline, post-test and follow-up) and analyses showed that child conduct problems continued to decrease during the 18-month period after the intervention whereas parenting skills deteriorated somewhat from post treatment. Pre- to post-treatment change in child conduct problems was predicted by parental engagement in homework assignments intended to reduce negative child behaviors. The findings provide support for the use of Internet-based PMT and stress the importance of parental compliance to homework training.

Publication types

  • Randomized Controlled Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Coercion
  • Conduct Disorder / diagnosis
  • Conduct Disorder / psychology
  • Conduct Disorder / therapy*
  • Cooperative Behavior*
  • Education, Nonprofessional*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Internet*
  • Male
  • Therapy, Computer-Assisted*
  • Treatment Outcome
  • Underachievement*