Development and evaluation of family and school based intervention for children with behavioral problems in rural Nepal

This was a research project based in Chitwan funded by the South Asian Hub for Advocacy, Research and Education (SHARE) from 1 January 2013 to 31 December 2015 in collaboration with a PhD student of John Hopkins University. Its objective was to develop and evaluate a family-based intervention for children with behavioral problems in Nepal. This project was implemented in various stages with the first being to conduct rapid assessment and ethnographic analysis to identifying the perceptions of children, family members, and teachers on child behavior problems in a rural Nepali community. The second stage involved the development of family based intervention for the specific behavior problems of the children. The third stage included the development and assessment of the construct validity and psychometric properties of a novel diagnostic tool for disruptive behavior disorders adapted to a rural Nepali context. The fourth stage evaluated the impact of family and school based intervention for children with behavioral problems.

In terms of Nepal, the study developed and pilot tested stepped care family and school based intervention for children having behavioral problems. The project also developed and validated the Disruptive Behavioural International Scale (DBIS-N) for the disruptive behavioral problems of children in cross cultural settings.

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