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An Evaluation of the Efficacy of a Triple P-Positive Parenting Program Podcast Series

Morawska, Alina, PhD; Tometzki, Helen, BPsychSci; Sanders, Matthew R., PhD

Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics: February/March 2014 - Volume 35 - Issue 2 - p 128–137
doi: 10.1097/DBP.0000000000000020
Original Article

Objective: Parenting programs based on cognitive-behavioral and social learning principles are effective in changing child behavior problems and parenting styles. However, such programs typically have limited population reach. The current study aimed to evaluate the efficacy of a brief radio series that provided parenting advice based on the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program.

Method: One hundred thirty-nine parents of children aged 2 to 10 years who had concerns about their child’s behavioral and/or emotional adjustment were recruited, randomly assigned to either an intervention or waitlist control group, and completed online self-report measures. Parents in the intervention group were given access to seven Triple P podcasts online over a period of 2 weeks.

Results: Parents in the intervention group improved significantly more than parents in the control group, from pre- to postintervention, on measures of child behavioral problems and parenting style, self-efficacy, and confidence. These short-term intervention effects were maintained at the 6-month follow-up.

Conclusion: These results suggest that brief radio and online parenting programs can be effective and have the potential to reach a large proportion of parents experiencing child behavior problems. Limitations, clinical significance, and future research suggestions are discussed.

Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

Address for reprints: Alina Morawska, PhD, Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, University of Queensland, Brisbane 4072, Australia; e-mail:

Disclosure: Dr. Alina Morawska is an author on several resources within the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program (“Triple P”). Professor Sanders in the founder and lead author of Triple P. Triple P is owned by the University of Queensland (UQ). UQ, through its technology transfer company Uniquest PTY LTD, has licensed Triple P International to disseminate the program worldwide. Royalties stemming from this dissemination work are paid to Uniquest then distributed between the University, Faculty, School, Parenting and Family Support Centre and contributory authors in accordance with UQ's intellectual property policy. Professor Sanders has no share ownership in Triple P International. The authors declare no additional conflict of interest.

Received May , 2013

Accepted October , 2013

© 2014 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins