Is the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program Acceptable to Parents from Culturally Diverse Backgrounds?

Alina Morawska, Matthew Sanders, Elizabeth Goadby, Clea Headley, Lauren Hodge, Christine McAuliffe, Sue Pope, Emily Anderson

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    Behavioural parenting programs are an effective intervention for behavioural and emotional problems in children, however these programs have low utilisation rates by culturally diverse parents. We examined the cultural acceptability of program materials, preferences for delivery methods, and barriers to use of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. One hundred and thirty seven parents watched a video outlining the 17 strategies in Triple P and read through a tip sheet before completing a series of questionnaires. Results revealed that parents found the strategies highly acceptable, highly useful, were very likely to use the strategies and reported currently using the strategies often. They also rated the program materials as very culturally appropriate and identified group, seminar, television, and individual as the most preferred delivery methods. Parents identified location and timing of services, financial cost, and competing work commitments as the most frequently cited barriers to accessing a parenting intervention. The findings of this study suggest that elements of parenting programs may not be contributing to the low rates of access among culturally diverse parents. These findings highlight the need for more research addressing variables that may contribute to increasing culturally diverse parents' access of behavioural parenting programs. © 2010 Springer Science+Business Media, LLC.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)614-622
    Number of pages8
    JournalJournal of Child and Family Studies
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011


    • Child behaviour
    • Cultural diversity
    • Parenting
    • Parenting programs


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