A Review of Parenting Programs in Developing Countries: Opportunities and Challenges for Preventing Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties in Children

Publication Details

Mejia, A., Calam, R., and Sanders, M. R. (2012). A review of parenting programs in developing countries: opportunities and challenges for preventing emotional and behavioral difficulties in children. Clinical child and family psychology review, 15(2),pp 163-175. Link to Source
Anilena Mejia, Rachel Calam, Matthew R. Sanders
South Asia, Middle East and North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean
Education, Health Nutrition and Population
Non-formal Education, Preventive Health and Health Behavior
Equity Focus
Orphans and Vulnerable Children
Review Type
Effectiveness review

Quality assessment

This review has clear inclusion and exclusion criteria, searches are reasonably comprehensive and databases searched are relevant. However, there are some important limitations. Independent screening and data extraction by at least two reviewers is not clarified. The CONSORT guidelines have been used to assess study quality but no risk of bias assessment of the included studies is presented. Although the authors explicitly describe the review as a ‘ portfolio review’ designed to describe the literature on this topic, they do report study outcomes and comment on effectiveness. This analysis could be clearer, with results only reported in terms of size and direction of effect and very limited discussion.

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