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Enhancing Social-Emotional Health and Wellbeing in the Early Years: A Community-based Randomised Controlled Trial (and Economic) Evaluation of the Incredible Years Infant and Toddler (0-2) Parenting Programmes

Behavioural & mental health disorders have become a public health crisis & by 2020 may surpass physical illness as a major cause of disability. There is a strong causal link between parent & child wellbeing. Incredible Years (IY) group-based parent programmes aim to promote social & emotional wellbeing in children aged 0-12 years. Robust evidence for IY (3+ years) demonstrates increased child social & emotional wellbeing, fewer behavioural difficulties, & importantly, a positive impact on parent wellbeing - a major risk factor for healthy child development. Few programmes, & little evidence, exists for the 0-2 year age range.

Two newly developed IY programmes for parents of 0-2 year-olds, IY-Infant (IY-I) & IY-Toddler (IY-T), have not been rigorously evaluated. This study aims to deliver IY as a proportionate universal intervention based on assessment of risk/need and answer the following research question:

  • Are the IY-I and IY-T programmes, when delivered in a dose proportionate to need,& when compared to services as usual, effective & cost-effective in enhancing child social & emotional wellbeing at 20 months of age?

Further details of the trial can be found on the E-SEE web-site


Funder(s): NIHR Public Health Research Programme
Start Date:  February 2015
Expiry Date:  July 2019


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Public Health and Society Research in the Department of Health Sciences