The efficacy of a Group Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) for Chinese parents with a child diagnosed with ADHD in Hong Kong: A pilot randomised controlled study

Alma AU, Kam Mei Kammy LAU, Ada Hsu‐Chong WONG, Candy LAM, Cynthia LEUNG, Joseph LAU, Yiu Ki LEE

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Abstract

The present pilot study evaluated the efficacy of the Level 4 Group Positive Parenting Program (Triple P) with Hong Kong Chinese parents who had a child with attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), using a randomised controlled trial design. It was a mixed research method involving quantitative measurement and semi‐structured focus group. Participants were randomly assigned to Triple P (n = 8) or control group (n = 9) and completed measures on child disruptive behaviours, sense of parenting efficacy and satisfaction, family stress and service needs. Outcomes were assessed at pre‐, post‐, and 3‐month follow‐up. A focus group was also conducted with the participants in the intervention group upon the programme completion. Compared with the control group, the intervention group reported a significant reduction in intensity of child behaviour problems and a significant increase in parenting efficacy at post‐intervention. The gain in reducing intensity of child disruptive behaviours maintained to 3 months after the completion of programme. Qualitative data suggested the three key elements to help both parents and children get positive changes: understanding and empathy, emotional control, and persistence in applying positive parenting strategies. The results partially provided preliminary evidence supporting the efficacy of Triple P in reducing child behaviour problems for ADHD in Chinese society. Copyright © 2014 The Australian Psychological Society.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)151-162
JournalAustralian Psychologist
Volume49
Issue number3
Early online dateApr 2014
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014

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Parenting
Child Behavior
Hong Kong
Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity
Parents
Focus Groups
Control Groups
Randomized Controlled Trials
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Efficacy
Controlled
Research
Problem Behavior
Behavior Problems
Control Group
Completion

Bibliographical note

Au, A., Lau, K.‐M., Wong, A. H.‐C., Lam, C., Leung, C., Lau, J., & Lee, Y. K. (2014). The efficacy of a Group Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) for Chinese parents with a child diagnosed with ADHD in Hong Kong: A pilot randomised controlled study. Australian Psychologist, 49(3), 151-162. doi: 10.1111/ap.12053

Keywords

  • ADHD
  • Chinese parents
  • Focus group
  • Organisational skills
  • Parenting programme
  • Triple P