The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 30, Issue 2, pp 173–189 | Cite as

Predicting Participation in Group Parenting Education in an Australian Sample: The Role of Attitudes, Norms, and Control Factors

  • Katherine M. White
  • Larne Wellington
Original Paper


We examined the theory of planned behavior (TPB) in predicting intentions to participate in group parenting education. One hundred and seventy-six parents (138 mothers and 38 fathers) with a child under 12 years completed TPB items assessing attitude, subjective norms, perceived behavioral control (PBC), and two additional social influence variables (self-identity and group norm). Regression analyses supported the TPB predictors of participation intentions with self-identity and group norm also significantly predicting intentions. Editors’ Strategic Implications: These findings provide preliminary support for the TPB, in conjunction with additional sources of social influence, as a predictive model for participation in parent education and other prevention programs.


Parenting programs Group parenting education Participation Theory of planned behavior 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Psychology and CounsellingQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia

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