The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program® is one of the world’s most effective parenting programmes.
It is one of the few based on evidence from ongoing scientific research.
Developed by clinical psychologist Professor Matt Sanders and his colleagues at Australia’s University of Queensland, Triple P has been tested with thousands of families through ongoing research for more than 30 years.
More than 580 trials, studies and published papers, including more than 200 evaluation papers, 104 of which are randomised controlled trials, have shown it works across cultures, socio-economic groups and in many different family structures.
Triple P is designed to give parents the skills they need to raise confident, healthy children and teenagers and to build stronger family relationships.
Triple P doesn’t tell people how to parent. Rather, it gives parents simple and practical strategies they can adapt to suit their own values, beliefs and needs. The benefits can be dramatic and long-lasting.
“Children who grow up with positive parenting are more likely to develop the skills they need to do well at school, build friendships, and feel good about themselves,” says Professor Sanders.
“They are also much less likely to develop behavioural or emotional problems when they get older. Similarly, parents who use positive parenting skills feel more confident and competent about managing day-to-day family life. They are also less stressed, less depressed and have less conflict with their partners over parenting issues.”
Triple P is distinctive in that it is not a “one-size-fits-all” course.
Rather, it is a system that offers increasing levels of support to meet parents’ different needs. Parents can choose anything from one-off public seminars or self-help books and DVDs to more intensive group courses or individual counselling sessions.
“Some parents may just need a light-touch of Triple P, a few ideas to help them set up a better bedtime routine or manage occasional disobedience,” says Professor Sanders.
“But others may be in crisis and need greater support. So Triple P is based on the idea that we give parents just the right amount of help they need – enough, but not too much.”
This Triple P approach guards against over-servicing and over-spending, which is good for parents and good for budgets.
Triple P has also been designed as a population-based health approach to parenting – typically implemented by government bodies or NGOs (non-government organisations) across regions or countries with the aim of reaching as many people as possible. It is often delivered through health, families or education departments.
Practitioners come from a range of professions and include doctors, nurses, psychologists, counsellors, teachers, teacher’s aides, police officers, clergy, social workers, health visitors, public health and school nurses, midwifes and health support workers.
The concept, once again, is to provide easy access, support and choice for parents.
“Parenting is the most difficult job any of us will ever do in our lives, but it’s also the one we’re least prepared for,” says Professor Sanders. “By making parenting information more widely available we’re increasing the likelihood that parents will accept or seek out help. Offering Triple P is like immunising the community.
You prepare parents, make families healthier and prevent problems before they happen.”
Triple P – Positive Parenting Program has won numerous international awards, including the Australian Heads of Government National Violence Prevention Award and Professor Sanders has been a consultant to the World Health Organization and the Council of Europe and to governments in countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan and Iran.