Journal article

Preventing mental health problems in children: the Families in Mind population-based cluster randomised controlled trial

Harriet Hiscock, Jordana K Bayer, Kate Lycett, Obioha C Ukoumunne, Daniel Shaw, Lisa Gold, Bibi Gerner, Amy Loughman, Melissa Wake

BMC PUBLIC HEALTH | BMC | Published : 2012


BACKGROUND: Externalising and internalising problems affect one in seven school-aged children and are the single strongest predictor of mental health problems into early adolescence. As the burden of mental health problems persists globally, childhood prevention of mental health problems is paramount. Prevention can be offered to all children (universal) or to children at risk of developing mental health problems (targeted). The relative effectiveness and costs of a targeted only versus combined universal and targeted approach are unknown. This study aims to determine the effectiveness, costs and uptake of two approaches to early childhood prevention of mental health problems ie: a Combined ..

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

Awarded by Australian NHMRC

Funding Acknowledgements

We would like to acknowledge Ms Amelia Hicks, Ms Alisha Gulenc, Ms Daisy Grinter and Ms Ha Le for their help to commence this study in 2010. We would also like to thank all the maternal child health nurses from the 9 participating LGAs (City of Casey, Bayside City Council, Darebin City Council, Hobsons Bay City Council, City of Port Phillip, Mornington Peninsula Shire, Manningham City Council, Knox City Council and Yarra Ranges Shire Council) and the families taking part. We would like to thank the psychologists at the Parenting Research Centre who co-facilitate the Toddlers Without Tears parenting groups. Murdoch Childrens Research Institute research is supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program and funded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Partnership 46525 and community partners: Victorian Department of Education and Early Childhood, Victorian Department of Health and the Municipal Associations of Victoria. The researchers acknowledge support of the Australian NHMRC for salary support through Career Development Awards 607351 (HH) and 546405 (MW) and Capacity Building Grants 425855 (LG) and 436914 (HH, JB and OU).