Parceling component effects of a multifaceted prevention program for disruptive elementary school children

Gerald August, Elizabeth A. Egan, George M Realmuto, Joel M. Hektner

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Abstract

This study examined predictors and outcomes of attendance in two standard components of a multifaceted preventive intervention aimed at children with early-onset disruptive behavior after 3 years of intervention. Mean rate of attendance in the Family Program, but not the Summer School Program, differed by level of child disruptiveness (grouping variable). Although predictors of attendance (SES, single-parent status, child IQ) did not differ across high- and low-disruptive groups, predictors of outcome were moderated by level of child disruptiveness for academic achievement and aggression outcomes, but not for social competence. Higher attendance in the Summer Program was associated with higher child social competence at Year 3 for all children. For academic achievement, higher attendance in the Summer Program was associated with higher scores for mild/moderately disruptive children and lower scores for highly disruptive children in Year 3. Higher attendance in the Family Program was associated with lower aggression scores for mild/moderately disruptive children. Findings highlight the importance of matching intervention components to the assessed or expressed needs of client subgroups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-527
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Abnormal Child Psychology
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1 2003

Keywords

  • Disruptiveness
  • Moderators
  • Prevention

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