Multiplatform approaches to enhance parenting

We have run a number of studies testing the extent to which using multimedia approaches, including TV and the internet, can help to provide parents with useful information to help with parenting. The Great Parenting Experiments ran research studies alongside an ITV series, “Driving Mum and Dad Mad”. The studies showed that watching a high quality TV series about parenting, which showed an evidence-based parenting programme, led to positive changes in family life for viewers.

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  • Calam, R., Sanders, M.R., Miller, C., Sadhnani, V., & Carmont, S. (2008). Can technology and the media help reduce dysfunctional parenting and increase engagement with preventative parenting interventions? Child Maltreatment, 13(4), 347-361 Article
  • Sanders, M.R., Calam, R., Durand, M., Liversidge, T., & Carmont, S.A. (2008). Does self-directed and web-based support for parents enhance the effects of viewing a reality television series based on the Triple P-Positive Parenting Programme? Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(9), 924-932 Article
  • Reaching a balance investigated the value of online parenting support for parents with bipolar disorder