FAMILY LIFE SKILLS TRIPLE P: A OPEN FEASIBILITY TRIAL OF A VARIANT COMBINING PARENTING SKILLS AND ADULT LIFE SKILLS COACHING FOR PARENTS WITH COMPLEX PROBLEMS

Matt Sanders
August 30, 2022

Abstract

This presentation discusses preliminary findings from an open feasibility trial of the new Family Life Skills Triple P intervention. The trial targeted parents of children with early onset conduct problems where parents themselves had family of origin histories of adverse childhood experiences, high levels of stress and/or social disadvantage. The 10-session group intervention blended four session of positive parenting and six sessions of adult life skills coaching. It was delivered entirely by Zoom because of COVID-19 related disruptions. Very encouraging medium to large intra group effect sizes were reported on a range a child, parent, and family outcomes measures. Both parents and practitioners reported high levels of satisfaction with outcomes. The findings were very encouraging and justify a larger scale RCT.

Presenter

Matthew Sanders is a Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. His major career accomplishment is the development of the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, a unique multilevel system of evidence-based parenting support that is the world’s most extensively evaluated and widely implemented parenting intervention system. Research on Triple P has been conducted in 37 countries. Over 140,000 practitioners have been trained to deliver Triple P programs. Professor Sanders has published extensively in parenting, family psychology and the prevention of social, emotional and behavioural problems in children. Professor Sanders has had widespread recognition of his contributions to his field including the Australian Psychological Society’s President’s Award for Distinguished Contribution to Psychology, an International Collaborative Prevention Science Award from the Society for Prevention Research in the US, Distinguished Career Award from the Australian Association for Cognitive Behaviour therapy, and 2007 Queenslander of the Year and in 2020 he was awarded an AO (Officer of the Order of Australia).