The Journal of Primary Prevention

, Volume 34, Issue 3, pp 135–146 | Cite as

Entre-Parents: Initial Outcome Evaluation of a Preventive-Parenting Program for French-Speaking Parents

  • Sonia Lucia
  • Jean E. DumasEmail author
Original Paper


Entre-Parents is the French adaptation of Parenting Our Children to Excellence, an eight-session group-parenting program for parents of preschoolers. An evaluation conducted in the French-speaking part of Switzerland with 132 parents provides initial evidence for the community acceptability and efficacy of Entre-Parents. Program attendance was high (average of 6.6 out of the 8 sessions), and parents participated actively in sessions and expressed high levels of program satisfaction. Results indicate that, over time, the program contributed to more effective parenting practices, a reduction in parenting stress, an increase in family adaptability, and increases in children’s social competence and reductions in their disruptive and anxious behaviors. Some of these benefits were stronger for parents who attended more sessions.


Prevention Parenting Parent training Adaptation Cultural differences Group intervention 



We wish to thank all the parents and professionals who participated in this program evaluation for their invaluable help. The study was supported by research Grants from the Jacobs Foundation (Zurich), the Swiss Office fédéral des migrations, ODM (through the Service de la cohésion multiculturelle, Canton of Neuchâtel), and Webster University (Geneva).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Psychology, FPSEUniversity of GenevaGeneva 4Switzerland

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