Surviving Multiples: An Evaluation of a Group Behavioural Parenting Intervention for Parents of Twins and Triplets

Ms Samantha Brown (2010). Surviving Multiples: An Evaluation of a Group Behavioural Parenting Intervention for Parents of Twins and Triplets Professional Doctorate, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

       
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Author Ms Samantha Brown
Thesis Title Surviving Multiples: An Evaluation of a Group Behavioural Parenting Intervention for Parents of Twins and Triplets
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2010-10-31
Thesis type Professional Doctorate
Supervisor Dr Alina Morawska
Professor Matthew Sanders
Total pages 156
Abstract/Summary An increasing number of families are facing the unique challenge of parenting twins and triplets, yet there are few specific services available for them. Emerging research indicates that parents of multiples are at greater risk of experiencing parenting stress and displaying compromised parenting practices, while the children themselves maybe at increased risk of emotional and behavioural problems. The primary aim of the present study was to evaluate the efficacy of a tailored Group Triple P – Positive Parenting Program for parents of twins and triplets aged between 18 months and 6 years. The present study was the first randomised controlled evaluation of a behavioural parenting skills program with parents of multiples. Sixty-seven parents of multiples were randomly assigned to either Surviving Multiples Group Triple P (SMGTP) (N=35) or a waitlist control condition (N=32). There were significant effects of intervention demonstrated at post intervention and six months follow-up for parent reports of child behaviour, parenting style, strategy use, global and specific parenting confidence, parenting satisfaction, and parental stress. Parents in the intervention condition when compared to the control condition, showed not only statistically significant improvements, but the changes were also reliable. Parents in the intervention condition also demonstrated significant shifts into the normative range from the clinical range on a number of measures. While the majority of hypotheses were supported, parent perception of social support did not change across conditions. This study demonstrates that a tailored behavioural parenting group is effective and highly acceptable for parents of young multiples which could be offered to families to address the current lack of multiples-specific parenting services available in the community.
Keyword Group Behavioural Parenting Intervention
Twins
Triplets
Triple P-Positive Parenting Program
Multiples

 
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