A public-health approach to improving parenting and promoting children's well-being

Sanders, Matthew R. and Kirby, James N. (2014) A public-health approach to improving parenting and promoting children's well-being. Child Development Perspectives, 8 (4). pp. 250-257. ISSN 1750-8592


Randomized controlled trials and meta-analyses have demonstrated the efficacy of evidence-based parenting programs (EBPPs) to improve social, emotional, and behavioral outcomes for children. Although EBPPs are effective, their reach is limited, and many families that could benefit do not have an opportunity to participate. In this article, we argue for a paradigm shift-from traditional, highly targeted approaches of program delivery to a more inclusive public-health framework that blends universal and targeted elements. The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is an EBPP that has applied a public-health framework to increase parenting support in communities. The approach seeks to improve the reach of the program while increasing capacity to reduce the prevalence of children's social, emotional, and behavioral problems, as well as of child maltreatment.

Statistics for USQ ePrint 26666
Statistics for this ePrint Item
Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2014 The Authors. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright policy.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Psychology, Counselling and Community
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2015 03:01
Last Modified: 15 Apr 2015 06:21
Uncontrolled Keywords: child development; parenting; prevention; public health; Triple P
Fields of Research : 11 Medical and Health Sciences > 1117 Public Health and Health Services > 111707 Family Care
16 Studies in Human Society > 1603 Demography > 160301 Family and Household Studies
17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences > 1701 Psychology > 170110 Psychological Methodology, Design and Analysis
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 92 Health > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1111/cdep.12086
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/26666

Actions (login required)

View Item Archive Repository Staff Only