The Effects of a Parenting Program on Maternal Well-Being: Evidence from a Randomized Controlled Trial

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Georg F. Camehl, Christa Katharina Spiess, Kurt Hahlweg

In: The B.E. Journal of Economic Analysis & Policy im Ersch. (2020), 26 S.


This paper evaluates how a light-touch parenting program for parents of children below school entry age affects maternal family well-being. We analyze data from a randomized controlled trial focusing on non-disadvantaged parents. Overall, results show no short-term effects but a relatively large positive effect of the intervention on maternal family well-being in the medium term. With a 20- to 30-percent standard deviation, the effects appearing three years after treatment are relatively large. Mechanisms such as improvements in child behavior are further explored.

C. Katharina Spieß

Head of Department in the Education and Family Department

JEL-Classification: I31;I26;J13;C21;C26
Keywords: Parenting program, family well-being, randomized controlled trial,Triple P