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Free courses for raising confident and competent teenagers

The University of Auckland is running free parenting programmes for parents of pre-teens and teenagers as part of a research study comparing the effectiveness of two parenting programmes. Joanna Chu, a doctoral student from the Triple P-Positive Parenting Research Group, based in the Faculty of Education, is running the year-long study to investigate the acceptability and relevance of two Triple P parenting programmes. Triple P is a specialist research centre at The University of Auckland.

Miss Chu is looking for 250 pre-teens and teenagers aged 12 to 14-years-old and their parents to take part in the large-scale study which is being run in Auckland.

Topics covered during the programme include raising confident and competent teenagers and how to help teenagers connect to their schools, their peers and society.

The parents and their teenagers will be randomly divided into three groups of a hundred, one group will complete the Teen Triple P Seminar Series, a series of parenting seminars, the second group will complete the more intensive Group Teen Triple programme and the final will act as a control group.

As part of the study the families will need to complete a series of assessments and questionnaires and those involved in the control group will have an opportunity to complete one of the Triple P parenting programmes for free at a later date.

Miss Chu says the study is important because it is the first time that the Triple P’s teen parenting programmes have been compared.

“Along with extending previous literature on Teen Triple P through its examination of the prevention of drug and alcohol use in early adolescents, the study will provide crucial information regarding the implementation of the two Teen Triple P programmes in New Zealand.”

To volunteer for the research project contact Joanna Chu on email jt.chu@auckland.ac.nz.

For more information on Triple P visit http://www.education.auckland.ac.nz/tprg.

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