Het effect van Triple P op het probleemgedrag van tieners
Bunningen, N.M. van
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Objectives: The current study examined the effects of the Teen Triple P Level 3 intervention on parenting skills and the problem behavior of teens. Teen Triple P delivers parenting support to parents with 10-18 years old children with behavioral- or emotional problems. Several studies have demonstrated the positive effects of Triple P for parents with children between 0-12 years, although the effects of Teen Triple P were not established yet. This was the first study to investigate the effects of Teen Triple P Level 3 on parenting skills and teen problem behavior. Methods: In this study, the influence of Triple P of three negative parenting skills: over-reactivity, laxness and feelings of incompetence; has been examined. 21 parents participated in the Triple P program and they completed a pre- and a posttest. Besides, the change in externalizing problem behavior and substance use of their teenagers, with an age between 10-16 years (M = 14.1, SD = 1.77), has also been examined. Results: A decrease was found in over-reactivity, as well as an increase in feelings of competence of the parents. Moreover, the externalizing problem behavior and alcohol use of the teens was reduced. Conclusions: The temporarily results of the study are very positive. Further research is needed to provide additional information about the beneficial effects of Teen Triple P Level 3.