KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

The Triple P Child Welfare Controversy: A Measure of Hope

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Sat, Mar 19, 2016 @ 07:24 PM


A recent article in The Atlantic by Olga Kahzan reported on the controversy surrounding Triple P. Many of you have heard of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program ®. This is one of a number of models for supporting families to improve their parenting skills to develop more nurturing relationships and sensitive interactions with their children. Triple P is also one of the most extensively researched programs. 


Triple P aims to prevent emotional and behavioral problems and create a positive family environment for children to thrive. It was developed using a public health perspective to provide interventions geared to multiple levels of need, ranging from community awareness of positive parenting, to seminars and group classes, to home-based family intervention. There are also Triple P variations designed for targeted populations, such as families of children with special needs, those who are overweight, teenagers and families experiencing separation/divorce. Organizations may choose the levels and variations that fit their communities’ needs. Triple P claims an advantage over other family support programs due to this flexible range of service intensity, a broad evidence base, and a large scale of dissemination in 25 countries.

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Tags: parenting outcomes, Triple P, child abuse/neglect prevention, family support-partnership-services, parenting classes

Research: Triple P, Disabilities, Parent Assessments & Prevention

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Oct 01, 2014 @ 05:25 PM

Did you know that children with disabilities are reported at nearly 2 times greater risk of child maltreatment than typically developing children?  Some studies indicate that children with emotional or behavior problems are at elevated risk.  Estimates of the prevalence of children 0-5 years with serious emotional/ behavioral disorders in the U.S. range from 9% to 14%.  Challenging behaviors that can have negative ripple effects on the child, family and community by disrupting parent-child relationships, increasing parental stress, isolating families and sometimes triggering child maltreatment.  Unfortunately, government -sponsored early intervention programs often don’t use evidence-based intervention programs to prevent or address these challenging behaviors.  Although research on several family-centered behavioral intervention modelshas shown positive impacts on young children with challenging behaviors and their parents, there’s a gap between research and practice in most communities.

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Tags: parent-child relationship, Triple P, Stepping Stones, disabilities, protective factors