Effectiveness of Parent-Based Intervention on Anxiety Symptoms and Externalizing Problems of 6-9 Years Old Children

Document Type : Original Article


1 دانشجوی دکتری روانشناسی دانشگاه شهید چمران اهواز، اهواز، ایران

2 استادیار، گروه روانشناسی بالینی دانشگاه شهید چمران اهواز، اهواز، ایران

3 استاد، گروه روانشناسی بالینی دانشگاه شهید چمران اهواز،‌ اهواز، ایران

4 دانشیار، گروه روانشناسی بالینی دانشگاه شهید چمران اهواز، اهواز، ایران


Introduction:Childhood is the most important life stages. Often incompatibility and psychiatric disorders in adolescence and adulthood arises from the neglect of emotional-behavioral problems during childhood. Present study has been aimed to evaluate effectiveness of parent-based intervention on anxiety symptoms and externalizing problems of 6-9 years old children of Ahvaz city.
Method: This research design is quasi-experimental design. In this study, 30 mothers of eligible volunteers were selected by using convenience sampling method and were  assigned to two experimental group and control group (n=15). The experimental group received 10 sessions of intervention (one session per week for 2 hours) and control group were waiting for intervention. The participants of both groups responded to Children's Behavior Checklist and Spence Children's Anxiety Scale before intervention, at the end of intervention (approximately two months), and 2 months after the end of intervention (follow-up).The data was analyzed by multivariate covariance and univariate analysis of variance (MANOVA and ANOVA).
Results: The findings of data analysis showed that parent-based intervention has significantly reduced symptoms of anxiety (p<0.001, F=60.67) and externalizing problems (p≤0.001, F=56.22) in children of experimental group compared to control group and these results has been maintained for two months after intervention.
Conclusion: Parent-based intervention can be used in reduction of anxiety symptoms and externalizing problems in children.


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