Evidence of Effectiveness
Several published studies, one doctoral dissertation and two master’s theses have been used to evaluate the HOT DOCS program in its standard form. In addition, the authors were required by their funding agency (Children’s Board of Hillsborough County) to provide annual evaluation data including demographics of those served, pre-post test data, satisfaction measures, and evidence for reduction of child behavior problems. Standardized behavior measures used for the published studies and Children’s Board annual report included The Child Behavior Checklist (CBCL), Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory (ECBI), Adaptive Behavior Assessment System-Second Edition (ABAS-II), and Parenting Stress Inventory. Key findings included decreases in disruptive behavior, increases in parent competency, decrease in parenting stress, improvement in developmental milestones, and high satisfaction among caregivers.
For a complete list of peer-reviewed articles, dissertations, theses and presentations on the HOT DOCS program, please click here.