Towards a Comprehensive, Evidence-Based System of Parenting Support over the Lifespan

  • Matthew R. SandersEmail author
  • Kylie Burke


There is strong evidence that parenting programs can be effective in reducing social, emotional, and behavioral problems in children. However, existing evidence-based programs typically reach very few parents, and there is continuing widespread concern about the level of child maltreatment, social, emotional, and behavioral problems, mental health concerns, and educational underachievement of children. This chapter makes the case for the adoption and implementation of a multilevel system of evidence-based parenting support based on social learning and cognitive behavioral principles. The approach combines population health principles such as self-regulation, the blending of universal and targeted interventions, flexible delivery modalities, culturally sensitive delivery, and tracking of outcomes at a population level to achieve population level change. Implications for research, policy, and practice are discussed.


Prevention Population approach Evidence-based parenting support Multi-level system 



The Parenting and Family Support Centre is partly funded by royalties stemming from published resources of the Triple P—Positive Parenting Program, which is developed and owned by the University of Queensland (UQ). Royalties are also distributed to the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences at UQ and contributory authors of published Triple P resources. Triple P International (TPI) Pty Ltd. is a private company licensed by UniQuest Pty Ltd. on behalf of UQ, to publish and disseminate Triple P worldwide. The authors of this chapter have no share or ownership of TPI. TPI had no involvement in the writing of this chapter. Matthew R Sanders is the founder of Triple P and receives royalties from TPI. He is a consultant to Triple P International and an employee at UQ. Kylie Burke is an employee at UQ.


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  1. 1.Parenting and Family Support CentreThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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