Effects of the ‘Circle of Security’ group parenting program (COS-P) with foster carers: An observational study

Krishnamoorthy, Govind and Hessing, Paula and Middeldorp, Christel and Branjerdporn, Melissa (2020) Effects of the ‘Circle of Security’ group parenting program (COS-P) with foster carers: An observational study. Children and Youth Services Review, 115:105082. pp. 1-8. ISSN 0190-7409

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The Circle of Security-Parent DVD program (COS-P) is a widely used parenting intervention that is gaining popularity globally as it is currently being delivered across several continents. Despite the uptake of COS-P, there is limited research on its effectiveness for specific groups. Here we present a multi-site evaluation of a group delivery of the eight-week COS-P program to foster carers (n = 54) of 6–12 year-old children in an urban community as facilitated by community-based providers from a specialist child and youth mental health services (n = 2). Three measures, the Parent Stress Index, the Parent Child Relationship Inventory, and the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire, were used to assess functioning via a pre-post treatment design. Foster carers who participated in COS-P reported reductions in levels of emotional and behavioural difficulties for the children in their care. They also reported reductions in parent–child dysfunctional interactions and parental distress.Finally, program completion appeared to be associated with a reduction in foster carers’perceptions of their foster child as being difficult to take care of, and with lower levels of overall stress related to their role as a foster carer. These findings, and their implications for service delivery and future research, are discussed.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology and Counselling (1 Jan 2015 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Institute for Resilient Regions - Centre for Health Research (1 Apr 2020 -)
Date Deposited: 21 Jul 2020 05:08
Last Modified: 15 May 2021 22:05
Uncontrolled Keywords: Foster care; parenting; attachment; maltreatment
Fields of Research (2008): 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170102 Developmental Psychology and Ageing
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
C Society > 92 Health > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.105082
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38714

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