TRIPLE P: POSITIVE PARENTING PROGRAM
The FIU Group Lifestyle Triple P program funded by The Children’s Trust since 2011, is an adaption of the Triple P System (Positive Parenting Program). This system utilizes a multilevel parenting intervention to increase the knowledge, skills, and confidence of parents in order to reduce the prevalence of emotional and behavioral problems in children with a focus on obesity prevention. The aim of Group Lifestyle Triple P is to assist parents to develop effective strategies for managing their child’s weight while introducing gradual permanent changes in the family’s lifestyle.The principles of positive parenting include:
- A safe and engaging environment
- Positive learning environment
- Assertive discipline
- Realistic expectation
- Parental self-care
FIU Triple P staff guide parents in the use of these behaviors to provide a safe and supervised environment that provides opportunities for the child to explore, play, and learn, as well as how to respond to children in a positive and constructive manner. They also help parents to set realistic goals for the child’s age and level of development in regards to obesity prevention. Teaching parents practical skills serves to promote their well-being and self-care.
Participation in the FIU Triple P program is limited to pre-established sites approved by The Children’s Trust.
HISTORY AND EFFECTIVENESS
The program was created by Matthew R. Sanders and colleagues at the University of Queensland in Australia. Over the past 30 years, there is substantial empirical evidence that the program is effective at improving child behavior, parenting practices, parental competence, family functioning, and parental adjustment in a wide range of cultures and countries. For more information about Triple P, go to: http://www.triplep-america.com/.
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