The study describes psychological dynamics and investigates the effects of a Mentalization- Based Group Therapy intervention aiming to promote parent reflective functioning in mothers of c hildren with behavioural problems. Methods Group Climate Questionnaire (Mc Kenzie, 1981), Therapeutic Factors Inventory-Short form (TFI-S, Mac Nair-Semands, 2010) and Parent Stress Index-Short Form (PSI-SF, Abidin, 1983) were used to assess perceived Group Climate, Therapeutic Factors and Stress in parenting before and after a 10-week MBT group program with 21 mothers. Significant differences before and after group program were evaluated using Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test; associations of GCQ and TFI with PSI-SF dimensions were evaluated using Pearson correlations and linear regressions. Results Data revealed increased perception of Group Engagement (p<.001) and of all Therapeutic Group Factors, reduced perception of Difficult Child (p<.001), Parent-Child Dysfunctional Interaction (p<.05) and Total Stress in parenting (p<.01), and significant associations of GCQ and TFI with PSI-SF dimensions, highlighting a moderating role of perceived Parent-Child Dysfunctional Interaction on perception of Difficult Child. Conclusions Data highlighted the efficacy of the mentalization-based group intervention to significantly reduce both mothers' perceived difficulties in the interactions with the child and perceived levels of stress in parenting.

IMPROVING SELF-REFLECTIVE PARENTING: EFFECTS OF MENTALIZATION-BASED GROUP WITH MOTHERS OF CHILDREN WITH BEHAVIOURAL PROBLEMS

Zurlo Maria Clelia
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Cattaneo Della Volta Maria Francesca;Vallone Federica
2018

Abstract

The study describes psychological dynamics and investigates the effects of a Mentalization- Based Group Therapy intervention aiming to promote parent reflective functioning in mothers of c hildren with behavioural problems. Methods Group Climate Questionnaire (Mc Kenzie, 1981), Therapeutic Factors Inventory-Short form (TFI-S, Mac Nair-Semands, 2010) and Parent Stress Index-Short Form (PSI-SF, Abidin, 1983) were used to assess perceived Group Climate, Therapeutic Factors and Stress in parenting before and after a 10-week MBT group program with 21 mothers. Significant differences before and after group program were evaluated using Wilcoxon Signed Rank Test; associations of GCQ and TFI with PSI-SF dimensions were evaluated using Pearson correlations and linear regressions. Results Data revealed increased perception of Group Engagement (p<.001) and of all Therapeutic Group Factors, reduced perception of Difficult Child (p<.001), Parent-Child Dysfunctional Interaction (p<.05) and Total Stress in parenting (p<.01), and significant associations of GCQ and TFI with PSI-SF dimensions, highlighting a moderating role of perceived Parent-Child Dysfunctional Interaction on perception of Difficult Child. Conclusions Data highlighted the efficacy of the mentalization-based group intervention to significantly reduce both mothers' perceived difficulties in the interactions with the child and perceived levels of stress in parenting.
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