Child Psychiatry & Human Development

, Volume 49, Issue 1, pp 100–108 | Cite as

Comparing the Multicomponent Coping Power Program to Individualized Parent–Child Treatment for Improving the Parenting Efficacy and Satisfaction of Parents of Children with Conduct Problems

  • Jaclyn A. Ludmer
  • Marcos Sanches
  • Lee Propp
  • Brendan F. Andrade
Original Article


This study compared the multicomponent Coping Power (group) program to individualized parent–child treatment with respect to changing the parenting efficacy and satisfaction of parents of children with conduct problems. One hundred fourteen parents of 9–12-year-old children with conduct problems were randomized to Coping Power or individualized treatment at an urban children’s mental health clinic. Parents reported their pre- and post-treatment parenting efficacy and parenting satisfaction (Parent Sense of Competence Scale). Mixed effect models revealed that parenting efficacy and satisfaction significantly increased from pre- to post-treatment, and there was no evidence that this effect is different between Coping Power and individualized treatment, even after controlling for initial severity of child symptomatology. Findings support the effectiveness of Coping Power as an intervention for parenting efficacy and satisfaction among parents of children aged 9–12 years with conduct problems.


Coping power Parent training Conduct disorder Parenting efficacy Parenting satisfaction 



We would like to thank the families and clinicians who participated. This research was funded in part by the Ontario Mental Health Foundation, Canadian Child Health Clinician Scientist Program, and the University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine Dean’s Fund New Staff Grant awarded to Brendan F. Andrade.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jaclyn A. Ludmer
    • 1
    • 2
  • Marcos Sanches
    • 2
  • Lee Propp
    • 2
    • 3
  • Brendan F. Andrade
    • 2
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyRyerson UniversityTorontoCanada
  2. 2.Center for Addiction and Mental HealthTorontoCanada
  3. 3.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of TorontoTorontoCanada

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