What are the essential components of parenting interventions for reducing child maltreatment and child behavioural problems?

Project outline


A series of systematic and narrative reviews of different approaches to understanding and analysing the essential components of parenting interventions. It aims to identify which parenting content and delivery components are actually effective for reducing disruptive child behaviour and child maltreatment. 


  • Leijten, P., Gardner, F., Melendez-Torres, G.J., Knerr, W., & Overbeek, G. (2018). Parenting behaviors that shape child compliance: A multilevel meta-analysis PloS One https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0204929
  • Leijten, P., Melendez-Torres, Gardner, F., van Aar, J., Schulz, S., & Overbeek, G. (2018). Are Relationship Enhancement and Behavior Management “The Golden Couple” for Disruptive Child Behavior? Two Meta‐analyses. Child Development. https://doi.org/10.1111/cdev.13051
  • Vlahovicova, K., Melendez-Torres, G.J., Leijten, P. Knerr, W & Gardner, F. (2017) Parenting programs for the prevention of child physical abuse recurrence: a systematic review and meta-analysis.  Clinical Child & Family Psychology Review.   Open access: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10567-017-0232-7