Lifestyle Positive parenting can overcome kids’ disadvantage

Positive parenting can overcome kids’ disadvantage

The University of Queensland’s Triple P – Positive Parenting Program is designed to give parents high-quality information about parenting and child development.

Now an extensive European trial has shown that a home visiting program incorporating Triple P can improve children’s cognitive development.

UQ Parenting and Family Support Centre Director Professor Matt Sanders has welcomed a University College Dublin evaluation of a five-year Preparing for life home visiting program in a disadvantaged area in Dublin, Ireland.

The study showed that improving the way a child was raised could help reduce inequality.

In the seven-year randomised control trial, mentors were trained in delivering Triple P and a baby massage program.

A high treatment group received the full intervention, while a low-treatment group did not receive mentoring, Triple P or the baby massage program.

The evaluation found that, at the conclusion of the trial, children in the high treatment group had a 10-point IQ gap over children in the low treatment group.

They also had above average verbal ability, were better able to control their attention and had better motor skills.

“Children grow up with different levels of advantage, but this trial shows that we can offer them some resilience to the effects of growing up in poverty by giving their parents the confidence to parent well,’’ Professor Sanders said.

You can read more about this study here. [Story credit: University of Queensland newsroom]

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