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

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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