Monday, July 9, 2018

Real Health & Wealth Is Children

Positive Parenting Program

The Triple P ̶ Positive Parenting Program is one of the world’s most effective parenting programs.
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 proven to work with hundreds of thousands of families through ongoing research over 30 years. More than 230 published papers, international trials and studies 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

“Children who grow up with positive parenting are more likely to develop the skills they need to do well at
schoolwork, build friendships, and feel good about themselves,” says Professor Sanders.

“They are also much less likely to develop behavioral 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 counseling 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

Triple P has also been designed as a population-based health approach to parenting – typically implemented by
government bodies or NGOs (non-government organizations) 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, counselors, teachers, teacher’s aides, police officers, clergy, social workers 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 immunizing the community. You prepare parents, make
families healthier and prevent problems before they happen.”
Triple P is now used in more than 20 countries including the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Belgium, Japan, Iran, Hong Kong, Singapore, the Netherlands, England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Germany, Curacao, Switzerland, Austria, Romania, France and Sweden. It has been translated into 18 languages to meet specific country requirements.

Triple P 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 Organisation and the Council
of Europe and to governments in countries including the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland, Japan
and Iran.

A number of specialist Triple P programs have also been developed. These include Stepping Stones Triple P (for
parents of children with a disability), Family Transitions Triple P (for parents going through divorce or separation),
Lifestyle Triple P (preventing obesity in children) and Indigenous Triple P (for Indigenous Australian families).
Matt Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and the founder of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program. His home base is in Brisbane, Australia, where he is Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland. Professor Sanders is also a visiting Professor at Manchester University, University of South Carolina, Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Auckland.
Over four decades, Professor Sanders has built a highly-regarded international reputation for conducting outstanding research and translating it into practical programs which address childhood behavior problems and promote stronger families.

Professor Sanders’ Triple P parenting system has now helped approximately six million children and their families.

It is used in more than 20 countries and has been translated into 18 languages. More than 55,000 practitioners have
been trained in its delivery.

Professor Sanders is the author of more than 200 publications, including more than 170 peer-reviewed articles, and
has written or co-written 12 books, including the popular Every Parent: A Positive Approach to Children’s Behaviour.

His work has inspired three international TV series, including the UK’s high-rating Driving Mum and Dad Mad.

Professor Sanders has consulted and advised governments at senior policy levels in Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland,
Switzerland, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Japan, Iran, Germany, France, Sweden, Belgium and the Netherlands.

He has been a consultant to the World Health Organisation and is Expert Consultant on Positive Parenting to the
Council of Europe. In 2006 he met and discussed policy with the then British Prime Minister, Tony Blair, shortly before the Home Office launched a national parenting initiative which includes Triple P.

Career awards have included:
International Collaborative Prevention Research Award (from the Society for Prevention Research in the US)
President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology (from the Australian Psychological
Trailblazers Award (from the Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapy)

National Violence Prevention Award (from the Australian Heads of Government)

Queenslander of the Year

Distinguished Career Award (from the Australian Assoc. for Cognitive Behaviour Therapy)

Professor Sanders is also a compelling communicator who effectively shares his knowledge with the community.

He writes regular newspaper columns and is a sought-after family commentator on radio and TV.

He is married with two adult children.
Some key research findings

Here is a selection of some of the key findings:
In the US, Triple P has been shown to cut rates of child abuse, reduce foster care placements and decrease
hospitalizations from child abuse injuries.
Prinz, R.J., Sanders, M.R., Shapiro, C.J., Whitaker, D.J., & Lutzker, J.R. (2009). Population-based prevention of child
maltreatment: The U.S. Triple P system population trial. Prevention Science, 10(1), 1-12.

Triple P reduces problem behavior in children and improves parents’ wellbeing and parenting skills.
Nowak, C. & Heinrichs, N. (2008). A comprehensive meta-analysis of Triple P-Positive Parenting Program using
hierarchical linear modelling: Effectiveness and moderating variables. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 11, 114-144.

In communities where Triple P is widely available, children have fewer behavioral and emotional problems.
Sanders, M.R., Ralph, A., Sofronoff, K., Gardiner, P., Thompson, R., Dwyer, S., & Bidwell, K. (2008). Every Family: A population approach to reducing behavioral and emotional problems in children making the transition to school.
Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 197-222.

Parents using Triple P say they are less stressed, less depressed and don’t use harsh discipline.
Sanders, M.R., Ralph, A., Sofronoff, K., Gardiner, P., Thompson, R., Dwyer, S., & Bidwell, K. (2008). Every Family: A population approach to reducing behavioral and emotional problems in children making the transition to school.
Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 197-222.

Parents of children with Autism Spectrum Disorders using Stepping Stones Triple P report they are more
satisfied as parents, their children’s behavior has improved and their relationship with their partner is better.
Whittingham, K., Sofronoff, K., Sheffield, J. & Sanders, M.R. (2008). Stepping Stones Triple P: An RCT of a parenting
program with parents of a child diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. 37(4), 469-480

Parents with an intellectual disability using a modified version of Group Triple P report an improvement in
their parenting practices and their child’s behavior, and less distress. Parents also report high satisfaction with the information and support they received.
Glazemakers, I. & Deboutte, D. (2012). Modifying the ‘Positive Parenting Program’ for parents with intellectual
disabilities. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-
UK parents who watched a reality television series (Driving Mum and Dad Mad) which showed other parents
using Triple P, feel more confident in their parenting, less angry and less depressed than before watching the series. They also say their children’s behavior improved as a result.
Calam, R., Sanders, M.R., Miller, C., Sadhnani, V., & Carmont, S. (2008). Can technology and the media help reduce dysfunctional parenting and increase engagement with preventative parenting interventions?
Child Maltreatment, 13(4), 347-361.

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Some key research findings

Triple P reduces disruptive child behavior problems in Chinese families living in Hong Kong.

Leung, C., Sanders, M.R., Leung, S., Mak, R. & Lau, J (2003). An Outcome evaluation of the implementation
of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program in Hong Kong. Family Process, 42(4), 531-544.

The cost of offering Triple P throughout a community in the US would be recovered in a single year if it
brought about a (modest) 10 percent reduction in cases of child abuse and neglect.
Foster, E.M., Prinz, R.J., Sanders, M.R., & Shapiro, C.J. (2008). The costs of a public health infrastructure
for delivering parenting and family support. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 493-501.

Additionally, Triple P has been tested and shown to be effective in many culturally and ethnically

diverse populations around the world. Here are some of the results:

Tehrani-Doost, M., Shahrivar, Z., Gharaie, J.M. & Alaghband-Rad, J. (2009). Efficacy of Positive Parenting on
Improving Children’s Behaviour Problems and Parenting Styles. Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Clinical
Psychology, 14(4), 371-379.

Hong Kong
Leung, C., Sanders, MR., Leung S., Mak, R. & Lau, J. (2003). An Outcome evaluation of the implementation
of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program in Hong Kong. Family Process, 42(4), 531-544.

Leung, C., Sanders, M.R., Ip, F. & Lau, J. (2006). Implementation of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program in Hong
Kong Hong: Predicators of programme completion and clinical outcomes. Journal of Children’s Services,

1(2), 4-17.
Crisante, L. & Ng, S. (2003). Implementation and process issued in using Group Triple P with Chinese parents: preliminary
findings. Australian e-Journal for the Advancement of Mental Health, 2(3), 226-235.


Matsumoto, Y., Sofronoff, K. & Sanders, M.R. (2007). The Efficacy and acceptability of the Triple P-Positive Parenting
Program with Japanese parents. Behaviour Change, 24(4), 205–218.


Bodenmann, G., Cina, A., Ledermann, T. & Sanders, M.R. (2008). The efficacy of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program

in improving parenting and child behavior: A comparison with two other treatment conditions.
Behaviour Research and Therapy, 46(4), 411-427.

Indigenous Australians

Turner, K.M.T, Richards, M., and Sanders, MR. (2007). Randomised clinical trial of a group parent education
programme for Australian Indigenous families. Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health, 43(6), 429-437.

More research findings, publications and journal articles can be viewed at 2 / 2  25+ countries worldwide






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