20 June 2011
Professor Matt Sanders
An initiative that prepares couples for first-time parenthood will have its European trial at Glasgow Caledonian University.
Triple P for Baby is part of the Triple P-Positive Parenting Programme, one of the only evidence-based parenting programmes worldwide, created by Professor Matt Sanders, Director of the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland. Its system of evidence-based behavioural family intervention promotes positive, loving relationships between parents and children. Last year, GCU was granted funding by NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde to undertake an independent evaluation of the programme, through the Department of Psychology and the Institute for Applied Health Research.
Triple P for Baby will work with first-time mothers and fathers, with four sessions before the birth and four after. The study will be carried out by GCU’s Parenting and Family Research programme.
“Traditionally, there’s been a focus on physical preparation for new mothers, but not much in the way of preparation for how to cope with first-time parenthood,” explains Professor Sanders.
“Yet it can be extremely daunting, and it is in these early days when some of the most important foundations of parenthood are laid. By working with parents before and after childbirth, we can help them to know what to expect, be more confident in their approach, look after themselves as a new parent and ultimately have a loving and positive relationship with their baby.”
Parents will undergo sessions, exercises and workshops, designed to raise awareness of parenting issues and encourage discussion. Four weekly follow-up telephone calls will follow the final session.
Continues Professor Sanders: “Triple P for Baby has been created to enhance parents’ post-natal wellbeing. It’s not about telling people how to be a parent, but rather supporting them by providing helpful tips and strategies as they begin their parental journey.”
Participants are currently required for an initial research study, investigating the usefulness of Triple P for Baby for new parents. If you are a first-time parent between 20 and 35 weeks pregnant who is in a relationship and would like to join a Triple P for Baby group, please contact Tania Loureiro on TriplePBaby@gcu.ac.uk or 0141 331 3360.