Adaptation and Evaluation of a Nonviolent Resistance Intervention for Foster Parents: A Progress Report

Frank Van Holen, Johan Vanderfaeillie, Haim Omer

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Abstract

Foster care faces serious challenges, such as behavioral problems in foster children and parental stress and ineffective parenting behavior in foster parents. The results of a pilot study that evaluated a training program for foster parents based on nonviolent resistance are described. In a pretest-posttest design, data were collected from 25 families. Significant reductions in externalizing, internalizing, and total problem behavior in the foster children and in parenting stress were found. Using a reliable change index, significant improvements in externalizing, internalizing, and total problem behavior were found in, respectively, 72, 44, and 80% of the cases. Most improvements proved to be clinically relevant. Effect sizes ranged from medium to large for problem behavior, and from small to medium for parenting stress.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)256-271
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Marital and Family Therapy
Volume42
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2016

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