Parenting a teenager can be challenging, yet there is little research looking at ways to effectively support the parents of teenagers. We are conducting research to test how helpful a single session discussion group aimed at reducing family conflict is for parents of 11- to 16-year-old children. The discussion group is based on the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and is specially tailored for families with teenagers. We are interested in gaining the perspective of parents and their teenager regarding how useful and effective the discussion group is for families.
Researchers and students from the Parenting and Family Support Centre at The University of Queensland are conducting this project in collaboration with the Queensland Police-Citizens Youth Welfare Association (PCYC).
The Reducing Family Conflict discussion group is a two hour group attended by up to 15 parents. The group is presented by a trained psychologist. Both mothers and fathers are encouraged to attend. The discussion group will teach parents about positive parenting and effective strategies for preventing and managing family conflict. Parents will be given the chance to discuss their experiences with family conflict, practice strategies in session and to develop a plan tailored for their family. The discussion group is based on the successful Triple P-Positive Parenting Program and is specially tailored for families with teenagers.
At the seminar, parents will:
There are no costs associated with participation and parents will be given a workbook to keep. Groups will be held at community locations around Brisbane and at the Parenting and Family Support Centre in St Lucia. Parents will be able to indicate their preference of location.
Please note teenagers do not attend the discussion group.
To attend the discussion group, parents must consent to participate in an evaluation by completing a series of questionnaires (on three separate occasions) and also to inviting their adolescent to participate in the evaluation. Adolescents will not participate in the discussion group. Parents may participate in the group and evaluation even if their teenager chooses not to.
Parents will complete a survey that asks about the use of different types of parenting strategies, family relationships and functioning, adolescent emotional and behaviour difficulties, and their own emotional wellbeing. So that we can assess the immediate and long-term effects of the group, parents will complete the survey before the discussion group, 6 weeks after completing the discussion group, and again 6 months later. The survey will take approximately 30 minutes to complete at each time point, and can be completed online or in hard copy.
To find out more or register your interest, please email us with your contact details or give us a call. We will go through some brief questions over the phone to check whether what we are offering is suitable for your family.