A cost-effectiveness analysis of the Incredible Years parenting programme in reducing childhood health inequalities


O'Neill, Donal and McGilloway, Sinéad and Donnelly, Michael and Bywater, Tracey and Kelly, Paul (2013) A cost-effectiveness analysis of the Incredible Years parenting programme in reducing childhood health inequalities. European Journal of Health Economics, 14. pp. 85-94. ISSN 1618-7598

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Abstract

Early onset of behavioural problems has lasting negative effects on a broad range of lifetime outcomes, placing large costs on individuals, families and society. A number of researchers and policy makers have argued that early interventions aimed at supporting the family is the most effective way of tackling child behaviour problems. This study forms the economic component of a randomised evaluation of the Incredible Years programme, a programme aimed at improving the skills and parenting strategies of parents of children with conduct problems. Our results show that the programme provides a cost-effective way of reducing behavioural problems. Furthermore, our cost analysis, when combined with a consideration of the potential long-run benefits, suggests that investment in such programmes may generate favourable long-run economic returns.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at DOI: 10.1007/s10198-011-0342-y
Keywords: Childhood health; Cost-effectiveness; analysis; Cost-benefit; analysis; Parenting strategies; Randomised controlled trial;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Science and Engineering > Psychology
Item ID: 6203
Identification Number: 10.1007/s10198-011-0342-y
Depositing User: Dr. Sinéad McGilloway
Date Deposited: 15 Jun 2015 16:29
Journal or Publication Title: European Journal of Health Economics
Publisher: Springer Verlag
Refereed: Yes
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