Parenting class cuts tantrums
Dr Cecilia Pyper is looking at how interactive parent and child group sessions can cut down on behavioural problems in children and improve the well-being of mothers.
Dr Pyper, research fellow at the University of Oxford and a GP in the town, recruited parents of children aged two to eight. Some 116 families from three practices took part in a
10-week parenting programme. They learned how to play with their child, how to help a child learn, how to use praise and rewards effectively and how to manage misbehaviour.
The results, presented earlier this month at the Public Health Forum in Cardiff, showed the intervention reduced child behavioural problems at six months.
Dr Pyper said many parents had gained in confidence, felt less stressed, shouted less and achieved more
co-operation from their children.