Systematic review on transportability of parenting programmes across cultures and countries (2013)

DSPI PI: Frances Gardner

Funded by: National Board of Health and Welfare (Sweden)

Completed: 2013

The increase in antisocial behaviour has not only affected high-income or ‘Western’ countries. There is worldwide interest in preventing antisocial behaviour and violence, which has sparked a growing interest in parenting programmes in both developed and developing worlds. Most parenting programmes were designed and tested in high-income countries, particularly the USA, UK and Australia, so CEBI researchers with consultant Wendy Knerr, with funding and support from the Swedish National Board of Health and Welfare (, have undertaken the first known systematic review to determine the effectiveness of evidence-based parenting interventions when transported to countries different from where the interventions were originally developed and/or tested. The group is also exploring the effects of country-level factors, such as how service delivery and welfare systems might influence the outcomes of parenting programmes. Early results show that, while the evidence base is limited, transportability is feasible and effective even when the destination country has a substantially different culture or service environment. Final results were expected in 2013.