Past events and presentations


Details of recent conference presentations by our team and video from Parenting Research Group events.

Recent conference presentations


2016

  • Louise Keown talks to Breakfast about the Triple P Positive Parenting trial 
  • Franke, N., Keown, L.J., & Sanders, M. 'Evaluation of an online parenting program for parents of hyperactive/inattentive pre-schoolers. Eighth World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne. June, 2016.
  • Keown, L.J., Frank, T., & Sanders, M.  ‘A randomised-controlled trial of the Group Triple P Parenting Program adapted to enhance father engagement and inter-parental teamwork’.  Eighth World Congress of Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies, Melbourne. June, 2016.​

2015

  • KEOWN, L. ‘Engaging Fathers’. Triple P Forum, Auckland. November, 2015.
  • SANDERS, M. ‘Transforming children’s lives through positive parenting’. Triple P Forum, Auckland. November, 2015.
  • SANDERS, M., KEOWN, L., SHEPHERD, M., COOPER, E., RIHARI, D., & JOYCE, V. ‘Te Whānau Pou Toru: Māori Cultural Adaptation of Triple P Discussion Groups’. Triple P Forum, Auckland. November, 2015.
  • KEOWN, L. & MASKELL, L.  ‘Relationships between paternal and maternal parenting, child temperament and adjustment: Early to middle childhood’. 17th European Conference on Developmental Psychology, Braga, Portugal. September, 2015.
  • CRISFORD, L., KEOWN, L. & HENDERSON, A. ‘Relationships between father-son interactions, ADHD symptoms and social competence in early to middle childhood’. New Zealand Psychological Society Conference, Hamilton. August, 2015.
  • FRANK, T., KEOWN, L. K., & SANDERS, M. ‘Enhancing father engagement and inter-parental teamwork in an evidence-based parenting intervention: A randomized-controlled trial of outcomes and processes.’ Meeting of the Australasian Human Development Association, Wellington, July 2015.
  • FRANKE, N., KEOWN, L. K., & SANDERS, M. ‘A mixed-methods evaluation of an online parenting programme for parents of hyperactive/ inattentive preschool children.’ Meeting of the Australasian Human Development Association, Wellington, July 2015.
  • PALMER, M., KEOWN, L. K., SANDERS, M., & HENDERSON, M. A. ‘Low-intensity topic-specific parenting groups: Enhancing intervention outcomes through generalisation promotion strategies.’  Meeting of the Australasian Human Development Association, Wellington, July 2015.
  • FRANKE, N., KEOWN, L., & SANDERS, M. ‘A randomized controlled trial of Triple P Online for parents of hyperactive/ inattentive pre-schoolers.’ Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, March 2015.
  • PALMER, M.L., KEOWN, L.J., SANDERS, M.R., HENDERSON, M.A. ‘A randomised control trial of brief parenting groups for parents of school age children with disruptive behaviour problems.’ Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, March 2015.

2014

  • KEOWN, L.J., FRANKE, N., SANDERS, M. ‘Evaluation of an online parenting program for parents of hyperactive/ inattentive preschool children. Society for Prevention Research Conference, Washington DC. May 2014.
  • KEOWN, L. J. (Chair and Symposium organiser). ‘Web-Based Parenting Interventions: Development, Innovation, and Lessons Learned’. Society for Prevention Research Conference, Washington DC. May 2014.
  • KEOWN, L. J. & FRANK, T. ‘Father Engagement’. Keynote and workshop presented at the Connecting Families Conference, Newcastle, NSW. June 2014.
  • FRANK, T., KEOWN, L.J., SANDERS, M., DITTMAN, C. 'A Randomised Controlled Trial of Group Triple P for fathers and mothers', Helping Families Change Conference, Sydney. February 2014.
  • FRANKE, N., KEOWN, L.J., SANDERS, M. ‘An RCT of Triple P Online for parents of hyperactive/ inattentive pre-schoolers’. Helping Families Change Conference, Sydney. February 2014.
  • KEOWN, L. J. & FRANK, T. Engaging fathers in parenting interventions. Invited workshop presentation at the Helping Families Change Conference, Sydney, February, 2014.
  • PALMER, M., KEOWN, L.J., HENDERSON, M., SANDERS, M. 'An evaluation of Triple P discussion groups for parents with a primary school-aged child at risk of developing conduct problems', Helping Families Change Conference, Sydney. February 2014.
  • PALMER, M., HENDERSON, M., SANDERS, M., KEOWN, L.J., White, J. ‘Qualitative findings from a study evaluating a combined programme of Triple P Discussion Groups and Stress Control’, Helping Families Change Conference, Sydney. February 2014.

2013

  • CHU, J. T. W., BULLEN, P., FARRUGGIA, S. P., DITTMAN, C. K., & SANDERS, M. Evaluating the effectiveness of a parenting program for parents of adolescents. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Seattle, United States, March, 2013.
  • DITTMAN, C. K., SANDERS, M. R., FARRUGGIA, S. P., KEOWN, L. J., & PALMER, M. L. ‘Examining the effectiveness of Triple P Online: Comparing online versus workbook delivery of self-help positive parenting programs and the role of child, parent, and family factors in predicting success’. 15th Annual Helping Families Change Conference, Los Angeles, February 2013.
  • FRANK, T., KEOWN, L., DITTMAN, C., & SANDERS, M. Does an adaptation of group Triple P enhance the engagement and program effectiveness for both fathers and mothers? Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Seattle, United States, March, 2013.
    KEOWN, L. J. & PALMER, M. L. Paternal and maternal involvement: Influence of child ADHD symptoms, child-parent closeness, and parenting satisfaction. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Seattle, United States, March, 2013.
  • LEE, B., KEOWN, L. J., BROWN, G., & FARRUGIA S. P. Comparison of Korean immigrant mothers’ and fathers’ parenting practices. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Child Development Conference, Seattle, United States, March, 2013.
  • PALMER, M. L., HENDERSON, M., SANDERS, M. R., KEOWN, L. J., & WHITE, J. Combining a parenting programme and a cognitive behavioural intervention for mental health problems. Paper presented at the European Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Therapies 43rd Annual Conference, September 2013.
  • PALMER, M. L., KEOWN, L. J., SANDERS, M. R., & HENDERSON, M. Topic specific low-intensity group parenting programmes: Are they acceptable to parents of 5-8 year olds? Paper presented at the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapies 41st Annual Conference, Imperial College London, July 2013.
  • VAYDICH, J. L. Exploring the influence of parent-adolescent communication and emotional reactivity on aggressive behavior among late adolescents. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education, Montreal, Canada, October 2013.
  • VAYDICH, J. L. & NARVAEZ, D. Perceptions of alienation in parent-child relationships and emotional experiences during late adolescence. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, Washington, March 2013.

2012

  • KEOWN, L.J. ‘Engaging fathers in behavioural family interventions’. 30th International Congress of Psychology, Cape Town, July, 2012.
  • PALMER, M., KEOWN, L.J., SANDERS, M., & HENDERSON, M. Brief group parenting interventions: How many group sessions are sufficient for behaviour change? The British Psychological Society, Division of Clinical Psychology Annual Conference, University of Oxford, 5-7 December, 2012.
  • DITTMAN C.K., SANDERS, M.R., FARRUGGIA, S.P., & KEOWN, L.J. ‘Increasing options for self-directed parenting support: Online versus workbook-based delivery of a parenting program’. Society for Prevention Research 20th Annual Meeting, Washington DC, June, 2012.
  • VAYDICH, J. L. & NARVAEZ, D. The influence of parent-child relationships on emotional functioning and aggressive behavior in early adulthood. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education, San Antonio, Texas, November, 2012.

2011

  • CHU, J. T. W. 'Parenting support for parents of early adolescents', 4th Educational Psychology Forum, Auckland, November 2011.
  • DITTMAN, C; SANDERS, M; FARRUGGIA, S; KEOWN, L; ROSE, D. 'An evaluation of an online self-directed parenting intervention for families of children with early onset conduct problems', 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, Dunedin, July 2011.
  • FRANK, T; KEOWN, L.J; DITTMAN, C; SANDERS, M. 'Father preferences for engagement and involvement in behavioural family interventions', 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, Dunedin, July 2011.
  • FARRUGGIA, S; CHU, J; SANDERS, M; DITTMAN, C; KEOWN, L; ROSE, D. 'What the parents want: Engaging parents in parenting programs', Biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, April 2011.
  • KEOWN, L.J; PALMER, M. 'Comparison of father-son and mother-son involvement across early to middle childhood', 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, Dunedin, July 2011.
  • PALMER, M. L., DITTMAN, C. K., ROSE, D., & SANDERS, M. R. ‘Predictors of treatment outcomes in an internet-based behavioural family intervention’, 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, Dunedin, July 2011.
  • KEOWN, L.J. 'Father-son relationships of school-age boys with ADHD symptoms', 17th Biennial Conference of the Australasian Human Development Association, Dunedin, July 2011.
  • KEOWN, L.J. 'Father Engagement: Using Fathers’ Opinions to Turn Obstacles into Opportunities', Helping Families Change Conference, Antwerp, February 2011.
  • VAYDICH, J. L. & NARVAEZ, D. Parent-child relationships and the development of moral mindsets and aggressive behavior. Paper presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education, Nanjing, China, October, 2011.

2010

  • DITTMAN, C; SANDERS, M; KEOWN, L; FARRUGGIA, S; ROSE, D. 'An evaluation of an online self-directed parenting intervention for families of children with early onset conduct problems', Australian Institute of Family Studies Conference. July, 2010.
  • VAYDICH, J. L. & NARVAEZ, D. Cognitive, affective, and personality predictors of various types of aggression. Poster presented at the Annual Conference for the Association for Moral Education, St. Louis, Missouri, November, 2010.

New Zealand Triple P Research and Practice Forum


Professor Matt Sanders, The University of Queensland

Challenges and Future Direction in the Implementation of Evidence Based Parenting Programmes

Karyn Healy, The University of Queensland

New Directions: Parenting, Peer Relationships, and Resilience

Dr Louise Keown, the University of Auckland

New Zealand Perspectives: Research from the Parenting Research Group at the University of Auckland

Jackie Riach, Triple P New Zealand

The Dissemination and Implementation of Triple P in NZ

Mata Peato, Kimiana Muriwai, Joy Pio, Gaylene Winter, Turuki Health Care Triple P in Action: Practitioner Experiences

Triple P features on Maori Television - 2013


Director of the Parenting Research Group, Professor Matt Sanders, is interviewed by Maori Television at the Triple P Parenting programme practitioners awards in Waipareira.

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Research forum - 24 February 2010


Taking parenting programmes to the people: Lessons learned from around the world

In February 2010, four leading international researchers, including the Faculty’s own Professor Matthew Sanders, spoke about the challenges related to making evidence-based parenting programmes widely available to parents. The speakers drew on their own research and experiences in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. The evening concluded with a panel discussion.

Please note that the video is 2 hours long and may not be suitable for viewing by those with a slow internet connection.

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New approaches to enhancing reach and retention in parenting programmes
Rachel Calam - Reader in Clinical Psychology University of Manchester (1.4 MB, PDF)
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A Population Approach to Parenting and Family Support
Ron Prinz - Ph.D. Carolina Distinguished Professor and Director Parenting and Family Research Center University of South Carolina (1.7 MB, PDF)
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Media-Based Approaches to Improving Parenting: How Do Parents Respond?
Carol W. Metzler - Ph.D. Oregon Research Institute, USA (1.4 MB, PDF)

Professor Matthew Sanders public lecture - 21 July 2009


Positive parenting and the wellbeing of children: What works and what needs to be done?

Professor Matthew Sanders was appointed as Adjunct Professor in Parenting Studies and Family Psychology at the Faculty of Education at the end of 2008.

In this first public lecture with the University, he speaks about the need for population approaches to the implementation of parenting programmes for the enhancement of child and family wellbeing.

There is now clear evidence that positive parenting programmes greatly benefit children and affect many aspects of their development, including their social and emotional wellbeing, school achievement and physical health. When adults learn positive parenting skills, their relationships with their children improve as does their personal adjustment, mental health, family cohesion and teamwork and their capacity to work effectively. This presentation argues that although parenting programmes are clearly beneficial, relatively few children experience the benefits because only a minority of parents ever participate. In this presentation, evidence demonstrating the need for a comprehensive multilevel system of evidence-based parenting programmes is discussed. These interventions can range from brief “light touch” interventions to more intensive individual and group programmes for vulnerable and high-risk families. The central argument is that the single most important thing we can do as a community to reduce the prevalence of serious emotional, social and behavioural difficulties in children is to increase the confidence, knowledge and skill of parents in the task of raising their children. Good parenting should be the centrepiece of any serious effort to prevent social, emotional, behavioural and health problems in children and youth. To achieve this, evidence-based parenting programmes that work must be destigmatised and made widely available to all parents.

The lecture video is also available at this link

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