Evaluating Treatment Outcomes on Cognition, Behavior and Stress of Parents with Aggressive Children

Dr. Annis Fung
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The parent-child parallel group ACT program with cognitive-behavioral therapy sought to assist in developing parenting skills and styles in order to manage children’s aggressive behaviors effectively, and decrease parental stress from dealing with aggressive children. This research program involved experimental and control groups with pre- and post- comparison using a mixed model research method. Qualitative data collection of the parenting styles and behaviors, as well as the children’s behavior was assessed through structured interviews (children and parents). Quantitative data collection consisted of the completion of reliable self-report questionnaires, Parent Stress Index (PSI). Two pilot studies and the main study were conducted.

In post-intervention and follow-up studies the treated children showed a consistent reduction in their physically aggressive behavior; however, results of the PSI indicated that the program was ineffective in reducing parental stress. The qualitative results showed evidence of changes in parental behaviors, parents’ expectations toward their child and improvement in parent-child relationships after completion of the ACT program.

Keywords: Aggressive Children, Parental Styles, Parent-child Relationship, Parental Stress
Stream: Psychology, Cognitive Science and the Behavioural Sciences
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
Paper: Evaluating Treatment Outcomes on Cognition, Behavior and Stress of Parents with Aggressive Children

Dr. Annis Fung

Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Social Studies, City University of Hong Kong
Hong Kong, Hong Kong, China

Dr. Annis Lai-chu Fung is a Visiting Assistant professor at City Univeristy of Hong Kong, teaching undergraduate and postgraduate level courses in psychology and counselling specialty. She taught Bachelro degree courses in psychology and counselling at Hong Kong Baptist University for eight years, and she was a counselling psychologist working with children, youth , couples and families for many years before teaching at the tertiary level.My teaching and research interests are mainly in the areas of children and youth psychology, marital and family counselling, parent education, teaching training, school bullying, aggression and violence, parental stress, anger management, and parent-child relationship.I teach various courses in different programmes, such as Family-based service and family practice, Learning and motivation, Working with individual and families, Research project in psychology, Counselling and Guidance, Managing the inclusive classroom, Psychology research paper, Counselling children and youth, Domestic violence: Prevention and treatment, and Counselling practicum.

Ref: I06P0130