The development and dissemination of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program: a multilevel, evidence-based system of parenting and family support

Prev Sci. 2002 Sep;3(3):173-89. doi: 10.1023/a:1019942516231.


This paper describes the theoretical and empirical basis of a unique multilevel system of parenting and family support known as the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. The program incorporates five levels of intervention on a tiered continuum of increasing strength and narrowing population reach. The self-regulation framework of the program is discussed and an ecological or systems-contextual approach to dissemination of the program to service providers is highlighted. Implementation issues to consider in effective program dissemination are discussed including managing the "politics" of family support, strategies for coping with changes in government, maintaining quality, balancing cost and sustainability, and remaining data responsive. Future research directions are identified.

MeSH terms

  • Affective Symptoms / prevention & control*
  • Affective Symptoms / psychology
  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Child Behavior Disorders / psychology
  • Evidence-Based Medicine
  • Family Therapy*
  • Humans
  • Parenting / psychology*
  • Parents / education*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Primary Health Care
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation
  • Referral and Consultation
  • Social Support*