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Type Journal Article - Research on Social Work Practice
Title Acceptability and Preliminary Outcomes of a Parenting Intervention for Syrian Refugees
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Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2020
URL https://doi.org/10.1177/1049731520953627
Abstract
Abstract
Purpose:
Forced displacement may increase the risk of child maltreatment and mental health problems among children and caregivers. This study assessed the acceptability and preliminary outcomes of a parenting intervention to prevent child maltreatment and improve parental and child mental health among Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

Method:
292 parents and 88 children participated in a structured assessment before and after a group-based parenting intervention implemented by an international nongovernmental organization serving refugee and vulnerable Lebanese communities.

Results:
Paired sample t tests showed significant reductions in harsh punishment and rejecting parenting behavior and significant improvements in measures of parental and child mental health from pre- to postintervention. On average, parents completed 7.7 of 10 sessions.

Discussion:
Preliminary results suggest that the parenting intervention was acceptable to refugee parents and may show promise in reducing child maltreatment and improving parental and child mental health in a humanitarian setting.

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