The Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program combines psychological principles relating to parenting, child behavior and parental emotion regulation within a case management model. The program is home-based and designed for families in which there are many difficult life circumstances that impact on family functioning. Such problems may include depression and anxiety, substance misuse, family conflict and severe financial stress. The program is highly individualized to suit each family. Parents are given their own Parent Workbook. For many parents, this becomes a personal journal of their treatment experience.
The overarching aim of the PuP program is to help parents facing adversity develop positive and secure relationships with their children. Within this strength-based approach, the family environment becomes more nurturing and less conflictual and child behavior problems can be managed in a calm non punitive manner.
Professor Sharon Dawe and Dr Paul Harnett have been working with students and fellow researchers for over 10 years on the development of the PuP model. We have published a number of studies on the efficacy of PuP and on related issues (see Publications).
"The PuP program is currently provided to families in 10 locations across the UK. A robust independent evaluation study will measure the efficacy of the programme and its fit with UK delivery systems."
Hear Prof Sharon Dawe interviewed on the on BBC Women's Hour following the NSPCC seminar at the House of Commons as part of the PuP launch.
PuP success in Glasgow using video feedback with parents
Paul Harnett contributes to major UK review on parental capacity to change
NSPCC practitioner Sue Woudstra describes her work with families