Value children, cherish parents


John Bowlby, the father of attachment theory, once said: ‘If a community values its children, it must cherish their parents.’ There is growing evidence that responsive parenting...

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A randomised evaluation of the Better Parenting Programme in Jordan


Most evaluations of parenting programmes do not compare participants with a randomly assigned control group. An exception is the Better Parenting Programme (BPP) in Jordan. This article...

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Reaching out to fathers: ‘what works’ in parenting interventions?


In parenting support programmes, the word ‘parents’ is often used interchangeably with ‘mothers’. This article discusses the importance of specifically including fathers,...

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Interview: 'Be guided by the evidence'


As the Director of the Division of Home Visiting and Early Childhood Systems at the US Department of Health and Human Services, David Willis administers the Maternal, Infant and Early...

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Interview: 'This is an exciting time to be rolling out a programme nationally’


Klaas Kooijman is a senior employee at the Nederlands Jeugdinstituut (Netherlands Youth Institute), which has spent the last decade bringing the Nurse–Family Partnership (nfp) – or VoorZorg,...

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Parenting for Lifelong Health: from South Africa to other low- and middle-income countries


At present there are no parenting programmes that are both evidence-based and affordable for low- and middle-income countries, where the need is the greatest. Parenting for Lifelong...

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Jamaica’s National Parenting Support Policy: origins and early implementation


Government policy decisions often build on prior activities or actions by non-governmental stakeholders, including academia, civil society, and non-governmental organisations. The passage...

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