Helping teenagers to be cyber smart through a brief parenting intervention program

Chuah, Florentyna (2012). Helping teenagers to be cyber smart through a brief parenting intervention program Honours Thesis, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland.

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Author Chuah, Florentyna
Thesis Title Helping teenagers to be cyber smart through a brief parenting intervention program
School, Centre or Institute School of Psychology
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2012-10-09
Thesis type Honours Thesis
Supervisor Professor Alan Ralph
Total pages 85
Language eng
Subjects 1701 Psychology
Abstract/Summary Behavioural parenting interventions, such as Triple P (Positive Parenting Program), have been found to be effective in addressing adolescents’ behavioural problems and dysfunctional parenting practices. However, it is questionable as to whether this program would enhance parents’ knowledge, skills, and confidence in managing their adolescents’ use of electronic devices. The current study aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of a brief Teen Triple P seminar program, which involves educating parents in helping their teenagers to be cyber smart. The study employed a pre-post test design. A total of 15 parents of teenagers aged 12 to 15 years residing in Brisbane, Australia were recruited. Parents were asked to complete a pre-intervention questionnaire, which covered aspects of their parenting practices in relation to their adolescents’ use of electronic devices, adolescent’s behavioural and emotional adjustment problems, and parental self-efficacy, before attending the 90 minute session of the Teen Triple P seminar. Two weeks after attending the seminar all participants were asked to complete the post-intervention questionnaire and the Client Satisfaction Questionnaire. The findings did not show any positive changes in adolescents’ adjustment, parental self-efficacy, parental knowledge, parental concern, intensity of parent-adolescent conflict, parental rules and consequences as well as effective parenting practices. However, it was found that majority of the participants were satisfied with the program. It was argued that the intervention effects were not present due to the limitations of the study but not the aspects of the program. Study 2 which aimed to evaluate the psychometric properties of the measures and Study 3 which studied the barriers to parents’ participation in parenting programs were conducted to examine the issues in Study 1. Limitations and direction for future research are discussed.
Keyword Helping teenagers be cyber smart
Brief parenting intervention program

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