Journal article

Follow-up of the Cool Little Kids translational trial into middle childhood

Jordana K Bayer, Amy Brown, Luke A Prendergast, Lesley Bretherton, Harriet Hiscock, Cathrine Mihalopoulos, Margaret Nelson-Lowe, Tamsyn Gilbertson, Kate Noone, Natalie Bischof, Cassima Beechey, Fenny Muliadi, Ronald M Rapee



BACKGROUND: Public health advocates have highlighted internalising problems as a leading cause of global burden of disease. Internalising problems (anxiety/depression) affect up to 20% of school-age children and can impact peer relations, school engagement and later employment and mortality. This translational trial aimed to determine whether a selective/indicated parenting group programme to prevent internalising distress in shy/inhibited preschool children had sustained effects in middle childhood. Translational design aspects were a brief parent-report screening tool for child inhibition offered universally across the population via preschools in the year before school, followed by an inv..

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Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project

Funding Acknowledgements

The authors thank preschool services and families in the Victorian cities of Banyule, Boroondara, Frankston, Kingston, Knox, Maroondah, Whitehorse and Wyndham who took part in this research. The authors thank Joyce Cleary (Victorian Department of Education and Early Child Development) for her support in contacting preschool services. This research was supported by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Project Grants 607302 and 1079956, and by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Programme. The funding sources had no involvement in: study design; the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; writing of the report; or the decision to submit the article for publication. The authors have declared that they have no competing or potential conflicts of interest.