Par­ents of ‘over-ac­tive’ un­der-5s sought for univer­sity pro­gramme

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS -

Par­ents of pre-school­ers who ex­hibit inat­ten­tive and over-ac­tive be­hav­iour are be­ing sought for a study into a new par­ent­ing pro­gramme.

The Par­ent­ing Re­search Group at the Univer­sity of Auck­land is re­cruit­ing par­ents of chil­dren aged three and four to com­plete an on­line ver­sion of the Triple P Pos­i­tive Par­ent­ing Pro­gramme.

The pro­gramme in­volves eight half-hour mod­ules a week, with per­son­alised phone sup­port and com­ple­tion of three sets of ques­tion­naires.

There is no cost as­so­ci­ated with tak­ing part.

Founder of the pro­gramme Matt San­ders is en­cour­ag­ing par­ents to see involvement in pro­gramme re­search as an em­pow­er­ing step to­wards de­vel­op­ing more pos­i­tive re­la­tion­ships with their child, and in­creased con­fi­dence in their skills as a par­ent.

‘‘An in­ter­net-based model for con­cerned par­ents will en­able them to see what they can do on their own be­fore seek­ing face-to-face pro­fes­sional sup­port,’’ he says.

It is thought the the Triple P on­line pro- gramme could have strong ap­peal and wide ben­e­fits.

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