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Development of an intervention for parents with teenage children in Scotland

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The quality of parenting has consequences. It can influence adolescent health behaviours, the uptake of health services and the susceptibility to illness in later life.

There is good evidence on the beneficial impact of those interventions which involve parents and their teenage children. Among adolescents the use of alcohol, drug-substances and tobacco, as well as sexual-risk behaviour, can all be reduced. These interventions are more likely to be effective if they meet the following conditions: if they are informed by theory; if they are delivered in a community or home setting, if they are provided by a trained deliverer; if they contain activities to promote connection and behaviour control; and are of at least four weeks' duration. Although biomedical interventions may be readily transferred among countries, those interventions which are to do with changing behaviour are far more specific to particular cultural contexts.

This project, funded by The Robertson Trust, and informed by a multi-stakeholder advisory group, sought to develop and pilot a behavioural-change intervention with a group parents of teenagers in Scotland who were identified as having unmet needs.


CAREInterventionReport (pdf - 450 KB)