Mellow Parenting: systematic review and meta-analysis of an intervention to promote sensitive parenting

Angus MacBeth* (Corresponding Author), James Law, Iain McGowan, John Norrie, Lucy Thompson, Philip Wilson

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To review and meta-analyse Mellow Parenting interventions for parent–child dyads at high risk of adverse developmental outcomes.

Using Preferred Reporting Items of Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines, we extracted all published evaluations of Mellow Parenting and Mellow Babies programmes. We identified published studies with randomized controlled trials, quasi-experimental or within-subject pre–post designs. We incorporated ‘grey literature’ for unpublished publicly available evaluations. Effect sizes were calculated for impact of Mellow Parenting on parental mental health and child behaviour. Data were extracted on demographics, age of participants, country, and potential sources of bias.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1119-1128
Number of pages10
JournalDevelopmental Medicine and Child Neurology
Issue number12
Early online date10 Aug 2015
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Bibliographical note

For part of the preparation period for this article, AM was supported by an NHS Research Scotland Career Research Fellowship. AM, LT, and PW have been involved in previous research into Mellow Parenting as well as other parenting programmes and have collaborated with the Mellow Parenting charity. PW has had travel and subsistence expenses reimbursed for attendance at a Mellow Parenting conference; otherwise the authors have not received financial recompense for any of these activities. We thank the Mellow Parenting charity for their advice about conducting this review.


  • parenting
  • mellow parenting
  • meta analysis
  • outcomes
  • mental health


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