Poisitve Parenting Program - reducing violence against children

© Jonas Lerch 2020

“Parental violence in the form of physical discipline is highly prevalent; we estimate that 17.5 per cent of all children worldwide are subjected to this violence.  Unlike other forms of violence (e.g. civil war) this ‘every day’ violence against children receives little attention in development research, despite the high prevalence rates and resulting adverse consequences for the development of the individual and the society at large” (Prof. Anke Hoeffler). In order to address this problem she teamed up with Maureen Ouma (Director of CADAMIC (@cadamickenya), a children’s charity in Kisumu Kenya), Dr Divna Haslam (Queensland University of Technology, Australia, ) and Prof. Karen Turner (The University of Queensland, Australia, @DrKarenTurner). As a first step, Maureen Ouma trained as a parenting coach and is now an accredited Triple-P trainer. Triple-P stands for Positive Parenting Program, aiming to improve interaction competencies with children and is one of the most effective evidence-based programs of this kind. Maureen is only one of a few in a Kenya with this specialized training. Since most of the Triple-P evidence comes from high-income countries, the team designed a feasibility study to find out whether Triple-P can be effectively delivered in poor communities in Western Kenya. In September 2020 Maureen delivered the training to 36 parents and the follow up is ongoing throughout November 2020. Initial reactions from parents indicate a change in the home environment and confidence in being assertive as parents as opposed to use of physical punishment. As one parent said “I realize I can talk to my child calmly and he listens. My home is now calm.  I realize it was wrong to beat my child every day.

Link to Prof. Hoeffler's editorial

Link to Special Edition