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SVRI, HEARD University of KwaZulu Natal, Stellenbosch University, CHDC, Makerere University & Oak Foundation. (2017). Brief: Parenting interventions. Pretoria: SVRI.


Being treated in a cruel or violent manner has both short- and long term negative consequences for a child’s physical and mental health. When coupled with harsh parenting practices as a result of poverty and adversity, a child’s risk of later becoming a perpetrator or victim of violence is increased. Identifying effective and scalable primary prevention interventions is critical to stem this cycle of violence. However, evidence of effective, culturally relevant parenting programmes in lowand middle-income countries is limited. Of the handful of programmes that exist, few deliberately aim to address the consequences of intimate partner violence and child maltreatment, or change attitudes and behaviour.

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