Predicting Utilization of Evidence-Based Parenting Interventions with Organizational, Service-Provider and Client Variables

  • Matthew R. SandersEmail author
  • Ronald J. Prinz
  • Cheri J. Shapiro


Multidisciplinary service providers (N = 611) who underwent training in the Triple P-Positive Parenting Program participated in a structured interview 6 months following training to determine their level of post-training program use and to identify any facilitators and barriers to program use. Findings revealed that practitioners who had received training in Group Triple P, received positive client feedback, had experienced only minor barriers to implementation, and had consulted with other Triple P practitioners following training were more likely to become high users of the program. Practitioners were less likely to use the program when they had lower levels of confidence in delivering Triple P and in consulting with parents in general, had difficulties in incorporating Triple P into their work, and where there was low workplace support. These findings highlight the importance of considering the broader post training work environment of service providers as a determinant of subsequent program use.


Parenting interventions Dissemination Program use Barriers to implementation Workplace support Triple P 



The research described in this paper was supported by grants U17/CCU422317 and 1R18CE001340 to Prinz and Sanders from the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The findings and conclusions in this article are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent the views of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The authors wish to acknowledge the contribution of James Kirby in the preparation and editing of the manuscript.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Matthew R. Sanders
    • 1
    Email author
  • Ronald J. Prinz
    • 2
  • Cheri J. Shapiro
    • 2
  1. 1.Parenting and Family Support CentreThe University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.University of South CarolinaColumbiaUSA

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