Does the triple P-Positive Parenting Program provide value for money?

Aust N Z J Psychiatry. 2007 Mar;41(3):239-46. doi: 10.1080/00048670601172723.


Objective: The aim of the present study was to investigate the economic case for the implementation of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program on a population basis in Queensland, Australia, in order to reduce the prevalence of conduct disorder in children.

Method: Threshold analysis was undertaken together with a limited cost-effectiveness analysis.

Results: The Triple P-Positive Parenting Program is a dominant intervention; that is, it costs less than the amount it saves, until the reduction in prevalence falls below 7% where net costs become positive.

Conclusions: Triple P is likely to be a worthwhile use of limited health funds. The economic case is promising, but further research is required to confirm the study results.

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Child Behavior Disorders / economics
  • Child Behavior Disorders / epidemiology
  • Child Behavior Disorders / prevention & control*
  • Child, Preschool
  • Cohort Studies
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis / economics
  • Cross-Sectional Studies
  • Education / economics*
  • Female
  • Health Plan Implementation / economics*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Models, Economic
  • Queensland
  • Resource Allocation / economics