Consumer evaluation and satisfaction with individual versus group parent training for children with hyperkinetic disorder (HKD)

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The objective of this study was to investigate the social validity of cognitive-behavioural parent training (CBPT) delivered in two formats to parents who have children with hyperkinetic disorder (HKD) with and without medication.


Compared individual with group treatment as part of a multicentre randomized controlled trial.


Obtained a broad range of evaluations and satisfaction ratings post-treatment and related them to pre-treatment and treatment factors.


Attendance rates were high in the individual and slightly less in the group training. Levels of satisfaction were high in both treatment arms with large numbers rating the outcomes, the trainers and the overall training very favourably. Medication showed no effect on parental evaluations. Evaluation of outcomes and satisfaction with the trainer emerged as strong predictors of overall programme satisfaction.


The social validity of cognitive-behavioural parent training for hyperkinetic children was supported by high levels of treatment acceptability across a range of indicators and for children with and without medication.

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