Summary of the Systematic Review

Article Citation

The Incredible Years® Programs for ADHD in Young Children: A Critical Review of the Evidence

Murray, D. W., Lawrence, J. R., et al. (2018).
Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 26(4), 195-208.
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Indicators of Review Quality

  • Yes The review states a clearly focused question/aim.
  • Yes Criteria for inclusion of studies are provided.
  • No Search strategy described in sufficient detail for replication.
  • Yes Included studies are assessed for study quality.
  • Yes Quality assessments are reproducible.
  • Yes Characteristics of the included studies are provided.

Article Details


This is a systematic review of randomized controlled trials investigating The Incredible Years ® Programs in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

Questions/Aims Addressed

This review aimed to:
  • determine the effectiveness of The Incredible Years ® Programs for young children with ADHD; and
  • identify the impact of the intervention on ADHD behaviors in young children with conduct problems or at-risk for general behavior difficulties.


Young children with ADHD, ages 3 to 8 years


The Incredible Years ® Programs 

Number of Studies Included

11 studies within 17 publications

Years Included

Not further specified

Conclusions from This Systematic Review

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Results indicated that the Incredible Years® Basic Parent Program could be considered probably efficacious for young children at-risk for ADHD and suggested positive support for enhancing the social skills and peer interactions of children with ADHD.

Keywords: Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Peer/Parent-Mediated Interventions, Social Skills Treatments/Groups

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