The Parenting and Family Research Group (PFRG) is a collaboration between the Universities of Manchester, UK and Queensland, Australia. The group aims to promote the health and wellbeing of families and children. We do this primarily by conducting research to establish the best ways of enhancing the skills and confidence of parents in order to improve parenting and prevent behavioural and emotional problems in children. Our research revolves around the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program.
PFRG studies aim to establish the scientific basis of specific aspects of Triple P intervention and dissemination. This includes rigorous evaluation of new programme developments. We collaborate with research groups working in similar areas around the world, as well as colleagues in universities and services across the UK.
A focus of the PFRG is to contribute to policy development that may affect the family. This is achieved by dissemination of research findings and by consultation with local and national government and policy advisers. PFRG members are active in professional associations, serving on editorial boards for journals, grant review committees and policy forming bodies.
The PFRG is able to respond to requests from the media for commentary on parenting and families. Media liaison helps to inform the public about psychological issues.