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The Development and Evaluation of the Therapist-assisted Online Parenting Strategies (TOPS) program for parents whose adolescents are experiencing clinical levels of anxiety and depression

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posted on 15.07.2020, 00:08 by Catherine Fulgoni
This doctoral research consulted with parents and mental health professionals to develop a Therapist-Assisted Online Parenting Strategies (TOPS) program, which was then pilot tested. A trial of the TOPS program was then conducted with findings suggesting that TOPS could help parents to support their adolescents to manage anxiety and depressive disorders. Parents (N=28) showed a significant increase in (i) relevant parenting behaviours, (ii) parental self-efficacy, (iii) family functioning, and a significant decrease in (iv) carer burden. There was no significant reduction in (v) accommodation of anxious behaviours, or significant improvements in (vi) attachment, (vii) adolescent anxiety, or (vii) adolescent depression.

History

Principal supervisor

Marie Yap

Additional supervisor 1

Glenn Melvin

Year of Award

2020

Department, School or Centre

Psychological Sciences

Campus location

Australia

Course

Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology

Degree Type

DOCTORATE