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In May 2013 the very first Triple P groups were delivered in Africa! The groups were held in Nairobi, Kenya as a part of research conducted by the Parenting in Africa Network in collaboration with the Parenting and Family Support Centre at UQ.
The project aimed to assess the cultural acceptability and usefulness of Triple P strategies and perceptions of the Triple P program in an African context. A mixed method approach was taken including the collection of pre-post and follow-up questionnaire data to assess intervention effects, and focus group methodology to obtain qualitative feedback. In total 29 parents (both mothers and fathers) participated in the Group Triple P program. The majority of parents were from highly disadvantaged backgrounds and lived in informal settlements (slums).
Parental feedback was overwhelmingly positive and suggested parents found the program highly relevant and useful. Mean client satisfaction ratings on Usefulness of Program Content and Intended Use of Strategies were high at 6.72 (.59) and 6.69 (.60) on a 7-point rating scale where higher scores indicated greater perceived helpfulness and intentions to implement the strategies. Qualitative feedback showed a similar pattern with parents making statements like "This will change my family. I have changed already" and "(The) Positive Parenting Program is an important program for parents on how to guide them (children) without hurting them".
These preliminary results show promise for the cultural acceptability and relevance of Triple P as an evidence-based parenting program for disadvantaged parents in Africa. Ongoing data collection is in progress and results will be available later in the year. For more information please contact Dr Divna Haslam firstname.lastname@example.org.