A comparison of online versus workbook delivery of a self-help positive parenting program

Sanders, Matthew R., Dittman, Cassandra K., Farruggia, Susan P. and Keown, Louise J. (2014) A comparison of online versus workbook delivery of a self-help positive parenting program. Journal of Primary Prevention, 35 125-133. doi:10.1007/s10935-014-0339-2

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Author Sanders, Matthew R.
Dittman, Cassandra K.
Farruggia, Susan P.
Keown, Louise J.
Title A comparison of online versus workbook delivery of a self-help positive parenting program
Journal name Journal of Primary Prevention   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0278-095X
Publication date 2014-06-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1007/s10935-014-0339-2
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 35
Start page 125
End page 133
Total pages 9
Place of publication New York, NY, United States
Publisher Springer New York
Language eng
Formatted abstract
A noninferiority randomized trial design compared the efficacy of two self-help variants of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: an online version and a self-help workbook. We randomly assigned families of 193 children displaying early onset disruptive behavior difficulties to the online (N = 97) or workbook (N = 96) interventions. Parents completed questionnaire measures of child behavior, parenting, child maltreatment risk, personal adjustment and relationship quality at pre- and post-intervention and again at 6-month follow up. The short-term intervention effects of the Triple P Online program were not inferior to the workbook on the primary outcomes of disruptive child behavior and dysfunctional parenting as reported by both mothers and fathers. Both interventions were associated with significant and clinically meaningful declines from pre- to post-intervention in levels of disruptive child behavior, dysfunctional parenting styles, risk of child maltreatment, and inter-parental conflict on both mother and father report measures. Intervention effects were largely maintained at 6-month follow up, thus supporting the use of self-help parenting programs within a comprehensive population-based system of parenting support to reduce child maltreatment and behavioral problems in children.
Keyword Self-directed parent training
Online parent training
Noninferiority design
Behavioral family intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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