The Power of Positive Parenting: Transforming the Lives of Children, Parents, and Communities Using the Triple P System

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Matthew R. Sanders, Trevor G. Mazzucchelli
Oxford University Press, Dec 11, 2017 - PSYCHOLOGY - 568 pages
Safe, nurturing, and positive parent-child interactions lay the foundations for healthy child development. How children are raised in their early years and beyond affects many different aspects of their lives, including brain development, language, social skills, emotional regulation, mental and physical health, health risk behavior, and the capacity to cope with a spectrum of major life events. As such, parenting is the most important potentially modifiable target of preventive intervention.

The Power of Positive Parenting provides an in-depth description of "Triple P," one of the most extensively studied parenting programs in the world, backed by more than 30 years of ongoing research. Triple P has its origins in social learning theory and the principles of behavior, cognitive, and affective change, and its aim is to prevent severe behavioral, emotional, and developmental problems in children and adolescents by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents. Triple P incorporates five levels of intervention on a tiered continuum of increasing strength for parents of children from birth to age 16. The programs comprising the Triple P system are designed to create a family-friendly environment that better supports parents, with a range of programs tailored to their differing needs. This volume draws on the editors' experience of developing Triple P, and chapters address every aspect of the system, as well as how it can be applied to a diverse range of child and parent problems in different age groups and cultural contexts.


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Section 2 Applications of positive parenting to social emotional and health problems
Section 3 Applications of positive parenting with different types of families and family members
Section 4 Using positive parenting programs in different delivery systems
Section 5 Responding to cultural diversity in families
Section 6 Making largescale populationlevel implementation work
Section 7 Learnings from largescale populationlevel implementation of parenting support
Section 8 Program development quality assurance and innovation

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Matthew R. Sanders, PhD, is a Professor of Clinical Psychology, founder of the Triple P--Positive Parenting Program, and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. He is considered a world leader in the development, evaluation, and global dissemination of evidence-based parenting programs. He has conducted a large number of high quality projects on the role of parenting in influencing developmental outcomes in children and adolescents. He has developed or co-developed a range of specific parenting programs. His work has been recognized with a number of international awards.

Trevor G. Mazzucchelli, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer of Clinical Psychology at Curtin University's School of Psychology and Speech Pathology and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland. Over the past 20 years, he has held several clinical positions, conducted research in the area of parenting children with disability, and written many articles on this and related topics for scientific journals and publications. He is a co-author of Stepping Stones Triple P for parents of children with a developmental disability.

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