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(p. 472) The Current State of Evidence-Based Parenting Support Programs 

(p. 472) The Current State of Evidence-Based Parenting Support Programs
(p. 472) The Current State of Evidence-Based Parenting Support Programs

Matthew R. Sanders

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date: 18 January 2019

Evidence-based parenting support programs have achieved a great deal, and strong policy support has developed in many jurisdictions. This support is based on outcome evidence and economic arguments relating to the costs of not intervening. At the same time, there is by no means universal support for the implementation of population-based parenting programs. Challenges remain to shift public opinions and perceptions about the importance of parenting programs and to counter myths and misinformation about how universal programs can be used. It is sometimes ignored that programs such as Triple P involve blending of universal and targeted programs that are highly cost-effective and successful in reaching and engaging vulnerable families. The research focus must turn to ensuring parenting programs that are effectively applied to promote child, family, and community well-being not just to avert clinical cases of problematic children and young people.

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