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Population-wide parenting intervention training: Initial feasibility
Shapiro, C.J., Prinz, R.J., & Sanders, M.R.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, 2008, 17, 457-466.


The aim of the study was to expand information on the Triple P training process in order to demonstrate the feasibility and practicality of delivering parenting interventions on a wide scale within an existing multidisciplinary workforce. Further, the study aimed to determine the generalisability and robustness of the training process in a large, multidisciplinary sample of practitioners in the U.S., as this was unknown. Data was collected as part of the U.S. Triple P System Population Trial.


To examine the initial feasibility of a large-scale professional training regimen designed to prepare existing service providers  to implement an evidence-based preventative intervention in the realm of parenting and family support. The exploratory hypothesis, from which the data will be use to determine how a parenting and family support intervention can be successfully disseminated to a large multidisciplinary workforce.  The study wanted to examine the implications for a population based approach.


The evaluation was embedded in the context of US Triple P System Population Trial.  The participants were 448 service providers who completed professional training in Triple P during a two and a half year period as part of the Trial. The measures used were the Parent Consultation Skills Checklist (PCSC) and Workshop Evaluation Survey (WES).


  1. There was a significant improvement in the PCSC from pre-training to post-training and follow-up.  Participants’ ratings of self-efficacy in their parent consultation skills significantly increased as training progressed. 

  2. The service providers were found to be very satisfied with the training received


This study has demonstrated that a large, multidisciplinary group of service providers who are part of an existing workforce can be trained to deliver evidence-based parent consultation and family support interventions to families they already serve. 

Summary and Implications:

This study adds to the growing literature documenting the ability of Triple P training process to improve practitioner self-reports of their confidence and competence in delivering interventions to families.  This study further extends the literature on the Triple P training process by demonstrating generalisability of the training process to practitioners operating in the North American health care system and human related delivery services.  This study supports the notion that population level interventions are necessary if we hope to reduce the high rates of behavioural and emotional problems in children and to affect parenting practices on a scale large enough to possibly impact population parameters of child well-being (e.g., maltreatment rates).

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