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A commentary on evidenced-based parenting programs: redressing misconceptions of the empirical support for Triple P

Matthew R Sanders1*, John A Pickering1, James N Kirby1, Karen MT Turner1, Alina Morawska1, Trevor Mazzucchelli12, Alan Ralph1 and Kate Sofronoff1

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1 The University of Queensland, St Lucia, QLD 4072, Australia

2 Curtin University, Perth, WA 6102, Australia

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BMC Medicine 2012, 10:145  doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-145

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Published: 22 November 2012


A meta-analytic review of the Triple P-Positive Parenting program by Wilson et al., recently published in BMC Medicine, claimed to demonstrate that although Triple P is widely disseminated and adopted, the evidence attesting to the effectiveness of the program is not as convincing as it may appear. Although this review addresses the important issue of evaluation and reporting methods within evidence-based interventions, we contend that the Wilson et al. review contains a number of significant conceptual, methodological and interpretational inadequacies that render the key conclusions of their review problematic.

Triple P; Public Health; Parenting; Evidence