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The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme: the effectiveness of group Triple P and brief parent discussion group in school settings in Hong Kong

Selina Chung (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Cynthia Leung (Department of Applied Social Sciences, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong)
Matthew Sanders (Parenting and Family Support Centre, The University of Queensland, Brisbane St Lucia, Australia)

Journal of Children's Services

ISSN: 1746-6660

Article publication date: 21 December 2015

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Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this paper is to evaluate and compare the effectiveness of two intervention formats of the Positive Parenting Programme (Triple P) – Level 4 Group Triple P (TP) and brief parent discussion group (DI) with the waitlist control group (WL).

Design/methodology/approach

Participants included 91 Chinese parents with preschool children in Hong Kong from eight preschools, who were randomised into the two intervention conditions (TP and DI) and a waitlist control group (WL). Parent participants completed measures on child behaviours and parenting stress before and after intervention.

Findings

Results indicated that there was a significant decrease in post-intervention child behavioural problems in the TP group, with a medium effect size when compared to the WL group. There was a decrease in post-intervention child behaviour problems in the DI group, compared with the WL group. No significant difference was found in post-intervention child behaviour problems between the TP group and the DI group.

Practical implications

The positive results in the present study support the extension of the implementation of Triple P interventions to the preschool setting in Hong Kong. The effectiveness of the brief parent discussion group in reducing parental report of child behaviour problems provides preliminary support for its potential as a universal preventive parenting intervention in the local context.

Originality/value

The study was the first evaluation of the Level-4 Triple P programme in a local school context as well as the first evaluation of effectiveness of the brief parent discussion group in the local context at the time of the study.

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Acknowledgements

Disclosure statement: The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme is owned by the University of Queensland. The University through its main technology transfer company, UniQuest Pty Ltd, has licensed Triple P International Pty Ltd to publish and disseminate the programme worldwide. Royalties stemming from published Triple P resources are distributed to the Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences and contributory authors. No author has any share or ownership in Triple P International Pty Ltd Matthew Sanders is the founder and an author on various Triple P programmes and a consultant to Triple P International.

Thanks should be given to all the principals, teachers, administrators and parent participants from the eight local preschools and the church organisation which participated in the study.

Citation

Chung, S., Leung, C. and Sanders, M. (2015), "The Triple P – Positive Parenting Programme: the effectiveness of group Triple P and brief parent discussion group in school settings in Hong Kong", Journal of Children's Services, Vol. 10 No. 4, pp. 339-352. https://doi.org/10.1108/JCS-08-2014-0039

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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