No evidence of whole population mental health impact of the Triple P parenting programme

findings from a routine dataset

Louise Marryat, Lucy Thompson, Philip Wilson

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Abstract

Background
The Triple P parenting programme has been reported to improve child mental health at population level, but it consumes substantial resources. Previous published work has suggested improvements in whole population scores in the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire (SDQ) Total Difficulties Scale among samples of children following introduction of the programme. This paper aims to explore whether Triple P had an impact on child mental health problems using routinely collected data over 6 years before and during the implementation of the multilevel Triple P programme in Glasgow City.

Methods
Annual monitoring of teacher-rated SDQ Total Difficulties Scale scores among children in their pre-school year in Glasgow City.

Results
No significant or consistent changes in SDQ Total Difficulties Scale scores were seen during or after the implementation of Triple P programme on a whole population level.

Conclusion
Triple P in Glasgow City appears to have had no impact on early child mental health problems over a 6 year period. The Triple P programme, implemented on a whole population level, is unlikely to produce measurable benefits in terms of child mental health.
Original languageEnglish
Article number40
JournalBMC Pediatrics
Volume17
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2017

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Keywords

  • parenting
  • public health
  • child psychology
  • behavioural family intervention
  • observational study

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