This project aims to evaluate the effectiveness of a new online program, Teen Triple P Online. We are interested in seeing how effective the program is for parents of teenagers (aged 10 to 16 years) who are experiencing parental-adolescent conflict or have concerns about their teenager’s behaviour. The project will look at the effects of the program on how parents and teenagers get along with one another, how parents raise their teenagers, and on teenagers’ behaviour and emotions.
We are interested in gaining the perspective of parents and teenagers about these outcomes.
The study is being conducted by the Parenting Teenagers Research Group from the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. Sarah Hartley, who is a Masters student will help run the study under the supervision of Dr Cassandra Dittman (Research Fellow), who is the lead investigator on the project. For more information see: https://exp.psy.uq.edu.au/parentingteens/
Teen Triple P Online is based on the highly successful Triple P-Positive Parenting Program. Triple P is a unique system of parenting and family support backed by over 240 trials and studies. Teen Triple P is an adaptation of the original program and offers practical materials and advice for parents with teenagers aged 10 to 16 years.
Teen Triple P Online involves the completion of 6 online modules, each taking around 45-60 minutes. The modules are completed by parents only and cover the following topics:
Step 1 – Survey 1: You will also be asked to complete questionnaires about different types of parenting strategies, family relationships, teen emotions and behaviour, and your own emotional wellbeing. This survey takes about 30-45 minutes to complete and can be done online or in hard copy.
Step 2 – Random assignment: Your family will be randomly assigned (e.g., by a toss of a coin) to one of two groups: the start-now group OR the start-later group. Please note that families are not able to choose whether they are allocated to the start-now or start-later group. This is done on a random basis and the research team have no control over which group families get assigned to.
Step 3a – Start-now families complete Teen Triple P Online: Families in the start-now group will be given log-in details to begin Teen Triple P Online straight after they have completed the Survey 1.
Step 3b – Start-later families enter waiting period: During the waiting period, start-later families are free to access any services in the community or online they need to help with their parenting or their teenager’s behaviour.
Step 4 – Survey 2: After 3 months of having access to the program, start-now families will be asked to complete the same survey they did at the start of the study. This will help us see what changes have occurred in families over the course of doing Teen Triple P Online. Start-later families will be asked to complete the same survey at this time as well.
Step 5 – Survey 3: After 6 months, all families will again complete the same survey. This survey helps us assess the long-term effects of Teen Triple P Online.
Step 6 – Start-later families complete Teen Triple P Online: Start-later families will be given log-in details to begin Teen Triple P Online straight after they have completed the Survey 3.
Where ever possible, we encourage any caregiver who has a major role in raising the target teenager (mum, dad, step-parents, grandparents etc.) to take part in the study by filling in their own surveys and using Teen Triple P Online.
Click on the button below to find out if you are eligible.