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Aust J Prim Health. 2012;18(4):313-20.

Practitioner perceptions of the use of the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program with families from culturally diverse backgrounds.

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Parenting and Family Support Centre, School of Psychology, The University of Queensland, Brisbane, Qld 4072, Australia.


Parenting programs are effective as a means of preventing and treating child emotional and behavioural problems; however, engagement of families from culturally diverse populations has been low. The perceptions of practitioners who conduct parent consultations with families from culturally diverse backgrounds were assessed to examine the perceived suitability of the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program. Practitioners rated the program as moderately acceptable. Previous training in parenting intervention and years of experience working with parents impacted on practitioner ratings, as did the type of practitioner profession. Practitioners identified certain barriers to parents' participation and preferred traditional face-to-face delivery formats. Practitioner perceptions may influence parental access to parenting programs. To enhance parental access to parenting interventions, practitioners may require additional training and education about parental preferences and evidence based practice.

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