Building Positive Relationships with your Teen: Evaluating the Teen Triple P Programme
Many UK families with young people at the edge of care experience multiple and long-standing difficulties, including mental ill-health, violence, substance misuse, and relationship and behavioural difficulties. Young people are more at risk of entering the out-of-home care system when experiencing social disadvantage, maltreatment, parental substance misuse, or maternal depression. Drivers of adolescent out of home placements are associated with family stress and breakdown, and adolescent behavioural problems.
Standard Teen Triple P (Teen Triple P) is a parent skills training programme. Teen Triple P works with parents to help them find different ways to look after a young person in the family and improve family life. This can include dealing with challenges differently or taking on different positive approaches to supporting the young person.
What are we aiming to do?
We want to find whether this programme (Teen Triple P) works, by running a clinical trial. Some families will receive Teen Triple P plus the routine support that they would normally get. Other families will only get the routine support that is currently offered. We will decide who gets the programme at random, which is like flipping a coin.
How are we going to do this?
In order to work out whether Teen Triple P is helpful, our trial has two parts. In the first part, we will run what is called a ‘pilot’, this tests whether the trial can be run. If we find that this is the case, we will then move to do the second part, which is continuing with the main trial by inviting more parents/carers and young people to take part.
All of the parents/carers and young people who take part will be asked to complete some measures of things that may change because of taking part in Teen Triple P. We are particularly interested in whether problem behaviours change over the course of the trial. We will also ask about their background, their general well-being, relationships within the household and with peers, and any antisocial behaviours. We will also interview some of the parents/carers and young people receiving Teen Triple P, and the professionals that deliver the Teen Triple P programme. We will also ask them about their experiences of taking part in the trial.
Who funds the study?
The study is funded by the Youth Endowment Foundation.
How do I find out more?
Contact us to find out more about the study
Atiyya Nisar – Study Manager
Professor Kylie Gray – Co-Chief Investigator
Dr Paul Thompson - Co-Chief Investigator
Study email address