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Guest Post – New Meta-Analysis looks at Effectiveness of Incredible Years®!

We have some exciting news to share!

This marks our FIRST Guest Post, courtesy of Incredible Years® Developer, Carolyn Webster-Stratton! Dr. Webster-Stratton has taken the time to write a summary of a new meta-analysis that has just been published, examining the effectiveness of the Incredible Years® Parent program. The full paper can be purchased online, here.

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Summary of Meta-Analysis Examining the Incredible Years® Parent Programs

Written by Carolyn Webster-Stratton

A new meta-analysis paper has just been published by a Dutch team. This review examines the effectiveness of the Incredible Years® parent training to reduce disruptive behavior and promote social competence in children.  Fifty studies were conducted where the Incredible Years® parent program was compared with a comparison control group by various researchers. Findings indicate that the Incredible Years® program is successful in improving child behavior, particularly for the most severe cases, and with a diverse range of families in different contexts.  The parent program is considered by this review to be well-established. These positive findings which are comparable across a range of studies may be interesting for policymakers, agencies and practitioners.  
Take a look at this meta-analysis which separates prevention from treatment studies and assesses intervention, child and family characteristics, and effect sizes for different outcomes. Number of sessions attended by parents was positively related to intervention effects.
The authors write, “The Incredible Years® program might have capacity to be tailored to specific characteristics and needs of families in spite of being manualized group training. Group leaders can achieve flexible applications of the manual and help parents learn to use the parenting principles to achieve their own determined goals.”


Ankie T.A. Menting, Bram Orobio de Castro, Walter Matthys, Effectiveness of the Incredible Years Parent Training to Modify Disruptive and Prosocial Child Behavior: A Meta-Analytic Review, Clinical Psychology Review, Available online 22 July 2013, ISSN 0272-7358, (

We are very excited about this review! We hope you will share this with others who may be interested in the research and/or the Incredible Years®.

~The Incredible Years® Team

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8/21/2013 – Continued Tutorial


You may notice that our blog has a new look to it! We are happy to announce we have moved over to a blog. You can now leave comments on our posts, search by tags, categories, and archives, and you can even follow us if you have your own WordPress blog!

*Please Remember: We are looking for guest bloggers! If you have an experience with the Incredible Years you would like to share, please e-mail it to: with “Guest Blog” as the subject line*

If you want to head back over to the Incredible Years® main website, click the “Return to Incredible Years Website” link at the top right hand corner of the window.

We’d like to continue our tutorial of our new website by finishing up the exploration of the home page. If you subscribe to our newsletter, you will have already seen this, but repetition never hurts!

We’ve already shown you the main navigation buttons in the top section of the home page, as well as the overview video. But there are more important links if you SCROLL DOWN on that page. If you are already an Incredible Years® Group Leader, Peer Coach, Mentor or Trainer, you will want to utilize this section!! This is where the resources and certification information now live.

Even further down you will see information on Incredible Years® books and upcoming Trainings!


Thanks to all of you who have provided feedback over the last couple weeks, we appreciate the very positive remarks we have been receiving and continue to ask you to let us know your thoughts!

Stay tuned – in the next couple of days we will feature our FIRST GUEST POST from Carolyn Webster-Stratton, developer of the Incredible Years® – she will be providing a summary of an exciting new meta analysis that has just come out about the Incredible Years® programs.

~The Incredible Years Team


8/12/2013 – Guest Bloggers, New features!


We hope you have had some time to explore our new website and see all that it has to offer! We have been receiving some really wonderful positive feedback – thank you! Please don’t hesitate to let us know if you can’t find something, if you notice a broken link, or if you have any suggestions for improved use.

Over the next couple of weeks we will be featuring different sections of the website on our blog to help you with navigation, and also to highlight things we don’t want you to miss!

First, have you seen the new overview video on our home page? Over the years we have had many requests for a “simple” overview of the full Incredible Years® Programs. We hope that this video helps meet people’s needs!


Second, also on our home page, you will notice 5 orange tabs, “For Administrators,” “For Researchers,” “For Group Leaders,” “Workshop Info,” and “Parents & Teachers.” These tabs are here to help you navigate our website, and we have been sure to include information that we hope will be applicable to each of these different groups! We hope you will utilize these tabs and find them useful.


On another note, we are now announcing a call to all group leaders, administrators, and parents and/or teachers with experience in the Incredible Years® programs:

We would love to feature guest bloggers and we need you to help us out! If you are interested in sharing a story or experience with the Incredible Years® programs, please e-mail us! We value our Incredible Years community and know that others will be interested to hear what’s going on in different parts of the world. We are very excited to have this opportunity to engage more and learn about others’ experiences. If you are interested in being a guest blogger, please e-mail:

~The Incredible Years® Team

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Welcome to the new Incredible Years® Website!

Hello Incredible Friends!

We want to welcome you to our new website – we hope that you find this new version improved and more user friendly than our previous site. We have compiled feedback from over the years and have done our best to incorporate requests. The website will be a work in progress for a little bit of time, as we continue to work out any kinks. PLEASE LET US KNOW if you find any broken links, pictures that don’t load, or if you notice something is missing. Additionally, do not hesitate to call or e-mail us if you have questions about the new layout or where to find things.

An exciting aspect about this new website is that we are able to incorporate this blog! We hope you will check back for Incredible Years® news and updates. We also plan to feature guest bloggers. This will focus on mentor/trainer experiences with workshops, agency experiences with implementation, and group leader experiences running groups. If this is something you are interested in, please send us an e-mail (

Thank you all for your patience and we look forward to hearing your thoughts about the new website!

~The Incredible Years Team