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Triple P – Positive Parenting Program


The Triple P Positive Parenting Program is the most commonly implemented parenting program in Australia. Triple P is a parenting and family support strategy that targets the developmental periods of infancy, toddlerhood, pre-school, primary school and adolescence. The program aims to prevent behavioural, emotional and developmental problems in children by improving the skills and confidence of parents.

There are five levels of the program, provided at increasing intensity and narrowing population reach, to accommodate the differing severity in disrupted family functioning or child behaviour problems.

Evaluation Evidence

Based on cognitive behavioural and social learning theories, Triple P has been developed through more than 30 years of clinical research, and has been implemented and researched with a variety of different family populations.

Evaluations consistently find the program to be beneficial. Positive outcomes include significant improvements in parenting behaviours, improvements in parenting self- esteem and stressors relating to parenting (Bodenmann, Cina, Ledermann, & Sanders, 2008), and lower rates of child misbehaviour (Bodenmann, et al., 2008; Sanders, 2000; Sanders, Bor, & Morawska, 2007).

Monitoring Recommendations

  • The Triple P program provides a recommended monitoring system.
  • Boards should negotiate agreements to receive a series of service delivery reports from service provider.
  • Monitoring information should include: number and characteristics of families receiving program at various service levels, parent and staff reports of improvements in child behaviour problems.

Professor Matt Sanders (Program Founder)
Parenting and Family Support Centre School of Psychology
University of Queensland

(07) 3365 7290
Program details
Target Audience: 
0 - 10 years
Target Risk Factors: 
  • Poor family management and discipline
  • Family conflict
  • Antisocial behaviour
  • Early initiation of problem behaviour
  • Interaction with antisocial peers
Target Protective Factors: 
  • Family attachment
  • Family opportunities for prosocial involvement
  • Family rewards for prosocial involvement
  • Social skills
Community Indicators: 
  • Current and projected proportion of households with dependant children