Triple P - Positive Parenting Program® System (System Triple P)

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About This Program

Target Population: For parents and caregivers of children from birth to age 16

Brief Description

The overall Triple P program is a multi-tiered system of 5 levels of education and support for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents. Although Triple P can be used in parts (e.g., using only one level of the five or a group version versus standard), this entry on the CEBC reviews System Triple P as a whole (i.e., using all 5 levels) in its standard version and only reviewed research evidence that evaluated the whole system. The CEBC also evaluated Triple P Level 4 as a separate program and it is rated a "1 - Well-Supported Research Evidence" on the Scientific Rating Scale in the areas of Parent Training Programs That Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents and Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent).

As a prevention program, System Triple P helps parents learn strategies that promote social competence and self-regulation in children. Parents become better equipped to handle the stress of everyday child rearing and children become better able to respond positively to their individual developmental challenges. As an early intervention, System Triple P can assist families in greater distress by working with parents of children who are experiencing moderate to severe behavior problems. Throughout the program, parents are encouraged to develop a parenting plan that makes use of a variety of System Triple P strategies and tools. System Triple P practitioners are trained, therefore, to work with parents’ strengths and to provide a supportive, non-judgmental environment where a parent can continually improve their parenting skills.

Program Goals:

The goals of Triple P - Positive Parenting Program® System (System Triple P) are:

  • Prevent development, or worsening, of severe behavioral, emotional and developmental problems in children and adolescents by enhancing the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents
  • Increase parents’ competence in promoting healthy development and managing common behavior problems and developmental issues
  • Reduce parents’ use of coercive and punitive methods of disciplining children
  • Increase parents’ use of positive parenting strategies in managing their children’s behavior
  • Increase parental confidence in raising their children
  • Decrease child behavior problems (for families experiencing difficult child behavior)
  • Improve parenting partners’ communication about parenting issues
  • Reduce parenting stress associated with raising children

Contact Information

Agency/Affiliation: Triple P America
Phone: (803) 451-2278
Fax: (803) 451-2277

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: June 2006