Where it began

Professor Matt Sanders still remembers the hurt and embarrassment on a mother’s face after her five-year-old son swung a toy plastic lawn mower at her during a consultation more than 30 years ago.


“The child was definitely on track for serious behaviour problems, and you could see the major impact on the family,” says Professor Sanders. “The mother was depressed, and the parents fought over how best to handle the child. It struck me how many parents were raising their kids in an information vacuum.”


It was after this and many other similar consultations, that Professor Sanders and colleagues from the Parenting and Family Support Centre at the University of Queensland, Australia, began to develop an effective and evidence-based parenting program. After decades of rigorous research, Triple P was eventually given a name in 1992, and is now used in 25 countries worldwide.