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Psychosocial Intervention 25 (2016) 63-8 - Vol. 25 No.2 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2016.02.004
Editorial Comment
Quality of implementation in evidence-based positive parenting programs in Spain: Introduction to the special issue
Calidad de la implementación de los programas de parentalidad basados en evidencias positivas en España: introducción al número especial
Maria José Rodrigo,
Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
Received 20 February 2016, Accepted 28 February 2016

The main contribution of this special issue is to present evaluation studies involving large-scale experiences of implementation of positive parenting programs delivered through home, group-based, and on-line formats in Spain. Two research questions were addressed: (1) what factors affect implementation; and (2) for whom and under which implementation conditions the programs lead to positive outcomes. Target populations were mainly families from low and middle socioeconomic backgrounds, and parents at psychosocial risk attending family support services in need of improving their parenting skills. All the programs fall under the umbrella of the positive parenting initiative launched by the Council of Europe, are evidence-based, follow a collaborative schema with national, regional, or local authorities, have multi-site implementation, and are supported by highly experienced researchers from Spanish universities. Special attention is given to the program adaptations to different contexts, the profile of parents who benefited most from the programs, analyses of the implementation process, and the assessment of parenting programs in the community. The information provided will help to increase our knowledge of evidence-based parenting programs in Spain, their implementation processes and results, and the future challenges that need to be addressed to continue the current expansion of evidence-based parenting programs.

  • Positive parenting
  • Evidence-based programs
  • Program implementation
  • Program effectiveness

La contribución principal de este número especial es presentar estudios de evaluación de programas de parentalidad positiva en España que implican experiencias de implementación a gran escala mediante formatos domiciliarios, grupales y online. Se abordan 2 preguntas de investigación: 1) qué factores afectan a la implementación, y 2) para quién y bajo qué condiciones de implementación los programas alcanzan sus mejores resultados. Las poblaciones beneficiarias son principalmente familias de contextos socioeconómicos bajos y medios, con padres y madres en riesgo psicosocial que asisten a los servicios de apoyo a las familias porque necesitan mejorar sus habilidades parentales. Todos los programas comparten la iniciativa del Consejo de Europa sobre parentalidad positiva, están basados en evidencia, siguen un esquema de colaboración con instituciones nacionales, autonómicas o locales, presentan una implementación en varios lugares y reciben el apoyo de expertos de varias universidades españolas. Los estudios examinan la adaptación de los programas en diferentes contextos, el perfil de padres y madres que más se benefician de los programas, el análisis del impacto del proceso de implementación de los programas y llevan a cabo la evaluación de programas de parentalidad positiva en una comunidad. La información proporcionada puede ser de gran ayuda para mejorar nuestro conocimiento sobre los programas basados en evidencia en España, su proceso de implementación y sus resultados, así como para identificar los retos futuros que habrán de abordarse para continuar la actual expansión de programas de parentalidad positiva basados en evidencia.

  • Parentalidad positiva
  • Programas basados en evidencias
  • Implementación de programas
  • Efectividad de los programas
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I would like to express my appreciation to the authorities, services and professionals collaborating in the positive parenting initiative and, particularly, to the families participating in the parenting programs reviewed. The coordination of this special issue was made thanks to the support of the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the European Regional Development Fund under the Grant PSI2015-69971-R (MINECO/FEDER).

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Psychosocial Intervention 25 (2016) 63-8 - Vol. 25 No.2 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2016.02.004