Brief, low-intensity interventions show promise in most comprehensive meta-analysis of the Triple P system to date

The recent publication of The Triple P – Positive Parenting Program: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of a Multi-Level System of Parenting Support in Clinical Psychology Review is the most comprehensive meta-analytical assessment of Triple P to date.

This was the first meta-analysis of the Triple P system to examine the full range of outcomes that Triple P seeks to influence.

The meta-analysis investigated data compiled from reported outcomes of 16,009 families who have participated in a Triple P program over the past 33 years from a range of sources, including independent studies, unpublished studies and agencies delivering Triple P as part of regular service.

The most compelling finding for the value of the Triple P multi-level system is evidence that now shows that all delivery methods of Triple P – as well as the full suite of intervention levels – produce significant effects for children and their families.

This is important given that families themselves differ in terms of their preferences, the amount of time they have available to engage with a parenting program, their location and the presence of other sources of adversity in their lives.

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‘A society which views smacking as acceptable is one in which children are far more at risk of being exposed to abuse’

When it comes to parenting, no other issue seems to invite as much debate. Even the Prime Minister has an opinion. And many appear to agree with him.

“What’s wrong with a good smack every now and again?’’ I often get asked. Usually, the answer is provided for me: “It didn’t hurt me as a kid.’’

Because Triple P doesn’t try to tell parents what not to do, I’ve often avoided a confrontational approach when it comes to stating the case against smacking.

Rather than say that what they were doing was wrong, I would suggest to parents that the problem with smacking is that it simply doesn’t work and that there are plenty of other strategies that do.

But now I’ve changed my mind, simply because the evidence shows that a society which views smacking as acceptable is one in which children are far more at risk of being exposed to abuse.

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Washington State Institute for Public Policy finds Triple P system returns highest cost-benefit ratio

A presentation at a US National Research Council and Institute of Medicine Forum has highlighted Triple P as an extremely cost-effective program delivering more economic benefits to the community than it costs. The presentation at the forum on Promoting Children’s Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioural Health in Washington earlier this year by Stephanie Lee highlights work by the Washington State Institute for Public Policy (WSIPP). WSIPP is involved in non-partisan research to advise government on evidence-based policies that provide a positive return on investment. It looks at whether or not these policies can save the communities they serve more than they cost by reducing the economic impacts of factors such as child abuse, crime and poor educational outcomes.

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Evaluation of Triple P delivery in NSW shows what is needed to make ‘the transition from good science to better service’

It’s always extremely gratifying to see the work that we do translated into an inter-agency, government-backed effort that transforms the lives of families.

But the NSW Government is to be congratulated not just for the work they are doing in making Triple P available free for families of children aged 3 to 8.

Their continual evaluation of the implementation of Triple P in NSW is taking the program’s reach beyond the welfare sector and into the broader community where it will make the most impact.

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The case for a greater role for parents in helping teens

It might have been a small study in terms of numbers. And problems assigning some parents to particular sessions also meant it couldn’t quite be labelled a randomised controlled trial.

But I still find Raziye Salari’s study into families who participated in a trial of Standard Teen Triple P exciting nonetheless.

By showing that parents have a significant role to play in teen development, Raziye’s study points to the importance of parenting across the lifecourse and shines a light on where we need to go in the future.

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