2011 Bennett Lecture in Prevention Science: "Making a Public Health Approach to Parenting Support Really Work"

Matthew Sanders, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychology and Director, Parenting and Family Support Centre, University of Queensland

  • Thursday October 27, 2011 from 4:00 pm–5:00 pm
  • Nittany Lion Inn, Board Room


As the benefits of positive parenting programs become more apparent, there

are increasing calls for such programs to be more widely available in the
community. Poor reach of existing programs, low father engagement, and
underrepresentation of minorities combine to limit the impact and utility of
evidence-based programs as preventive interventions. This presentation will
focus on key findings emerging from large-scale trials of the Triple P—
Positive Parenting Program as a multilevel system of parenting support.
Lessons learned from the implementation of the intervention system in
different settings will be discussed. A suite of interventions, including media
and technology-assisted interventions, brief low-intensity primary care
interventions, and more intensive programs for vulnerable parents will be
described. Implications for policy, research and practice will be discussed.