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Clare Couch

Doctor of Clinical Psychology
Study Completed: 2010
College of Humanities & Social Sciences


Thesis Title
Balanced parenting with young children: Relationship focused parent training within a dialectical framework

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Ms Couch investigated how parent training programmes need to address the dynamic nature of the relationship between parent and child, and developed a 5-week, informal coffee morning style programme with parents and their 3-4 year-old children. She discovered that, when parents became more accepting of the give-and-take nature of the parent-child relationship, parents were able to implement their learnt skills for improving their children’s behaviour more effectively. In this context, parents’ perceptions of their children became more forgiving, child behaviour problems were less concerning and subsequently reported less intensely, and relationships between parents and their children were enhanced

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