Parenting for Lifelong Health - Thailand

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Funded by: UNICEF Thailand

Dates: March 2018 - November 2019

A feasibility study of an evidence-based parenting intervention to prevent violence and improve positive parenting in Thailand 


Parenting programmes that strengthen families through the development and reinforcement of positive parenting practices and enhancement of positive parent-child relations are an effective strategy to reduce the risk of violence against children. These interventions promote parenting behaviours that build functional parenting competencies of parents or caregivers to connect and provide adequate support and care for their children. Parenting interventions have also been shown to be effective in preventing and treating child disruptive behaviour and reducing maternal mental health problems.

Although there is much evidence on the effectiveness of parenting programmes in high-income countries, there are currently few evidence-based interventions that are well-suited for low- and middle-income countries. To respond to this need, Parenting for Lifelong Health for children aged 2-9 years (PLH 2-9) was developed based on programmes that have been tested in the UK, US, Australia, the Netherlands, and Hong Kong. The PLH 2-9 prototype was adapted to and tested in South Africa as the Sinovuyo Caring Families Programme (Sinovuyo Kids), with a 2014 randomised controlled trial (RCT) (N=68) showing improvements in observed and self-reported positive parenting behaviour for families who participated in the programme in comparison to controls. A larger RCT (N=296) demonstrated improvements in parenting and child behaviour at immediate post-intervention and reductions in harsh parenting at 1-year follow up. 


Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH)

Parenting for Lifelong Health (PLH) is an initiative led by experts from the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the Universities of Bangor, Cape Town, Oxford, Reading, and Stellenbosch. PLH is committed to developing and testing a suite of effective, feasible, culturally relevant, and scalable parenting programmes to reduce the risk of violence against children and improve child wellbeing in low- and middle income countries. 


Project aim

The aim of this project is to adapt and test PLH 2-9 with low-income families in Thailand. In order to determine the cultural appropriateness, feasibility, and effectiveness of PLH 2-9 in reducing the risk of violence against children and improving positive parenting behaviour in the Thai context, the project partners propose a feasibility study project to be implemented in a selected province in North Eastern Thailand in close collaboration with the Provincial Public Health Office, the Department of Social Development and Human Security, the Department of Local Administration, Thai parenting professionals, and parents and primary caregivers themselves.

For further details and references, read the brief here.

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