Innocenti Research Brief – Parenting Interventions: How well do they transport from one country to another?

This brief summarizes recent findings from two global, systematic reviews on the effectiveness of parenting interventions. Strong evidence suggests that behavioral parenting programmes improve caregiver-child relationships, reduce child problem behavior, and prevent physical and emotional violence against children. The research team found that transported and locally developed interventions were equally able to reduce disruptive child behavior, regardless of geographical regions. The results suggest that interventions should be chosen because they “have a strong evidence base, or because they include the same parenting principles and components as evidence-based programmes, and not primarily because they have been developed locally, or for a particular region or population.”