This is a research project based in Chitwan and is funded by the South Asian Hub for Advocacy, Research and Education (SHARE) and is also in collaboration with a PhD student of John Hopkins University. Its objective is to develop and evaluate a family-based intervention for children with behavioral problems in Nepal. This project is implemented in various stages with the first being to conduct rapid assessment and ethnographic analysis to identifying the perceptions of children, family members, and teachers on child behavior problems in a rural Nepali community. The second stage involves the development of family based intervention for the specific behavior problems of the children. The third stage includes the development and assessment of the construct validity and psychometric properties of a novel diagnostic tool for disruptive behavior disorders adapted to a rural Nepali context. The fourth stage, which the project is currently running on, evaluates the impact of family and school based intervention for children with behavioural problems.
So far in terms of Nepal, the study has developed and pilot tested stepped care family and school based intervention for children having behavioral problems. The project has also developed the Disruptive Behavioural International Scale (DBIS-N) for the disruptive behavioral problems of children in cross cultural settings. Currently, the study is investigating the validation of the DBIS-N in order to assess the behavioural problems. The project till now has also identified the children’s behavioural problems as showing disobedience, relying on drug and alcohol, signs academic failure and involvement in mischief.