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Helping the Noncompliant Child (HNC)

University of Washington
Department of Psychology, P.O. Box 351525
Seattle, WA 98195-1525

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Contact Information:
Robert J. McMahon, PhD
Director
206.543.5136
mcmahon@u.washington.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Early Childhood
Preschool
Elementary

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Helping the Noncompliant Child (HNC) is a parent skills training program aimed at teaching parents how to obtain compliance in their children to reduce conduct problems and prevent subsequent juvenile delinquency. The program, designed for parents and their children, is based on the theoretical assumption that noncompliance in children is a keystone behavior for the development of conduct problems, and faulty parent-child interactions play a significant part in the development and maintenance of these problems.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior
  • Low achievement
  • Early aggression

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers

Competence

  • Social competencies

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Instructional Texts/Manuals

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Maintenance or long-term effects of HNC have been documented in several quasi-experimental studies, with follow-up assessments ranging from two months to 14 years after the end of treatment. Relative to a nonreferred "normal" comparison group, the young adults (ages 17 to 22) who had participated in the program as children reported: similar levels of delinquency; similar levels of various types of psychopathology; similar levels of drug use; similar levels of academic progress; and decrease in other overt conduct problems, such as aggression.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

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