Parents Under Pressure

PuP Program - Promoting a nurturing environment for families

What is the PuP Program?


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 both parents and children learn to self regulate their behavior. 

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The Research Team

Professor Sharon Dawe and Dr Paul Harnett have been working with students and fellow researchers for over 15 years on the development of the PuP Framework. We have published a number of studies on the efficacy of PuP and on related issues (see Publications).

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Latest News

  • NIHR PuP4Dads Report published

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    The NIHR PuP4Dads Report of the feasibility study carried out in Scotland is now published. The feasibility study was lead by Prof Anne Whittaker (Stirling University).
    A copy of the report can be downloaded from:

  • NEW: PuP Animations for NT families

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    Animated series to help NT families facing adversity

    Griffith University researchers in collaboration with Central Australian Aboriginal Congress have developed a series of animated short stories reflecting Aboriginal life in Central Australia. Co-designed by the Parents Under Pressure (PuP) program and Congress, the series, originally scripted in English were then translated into Eastern Arrernte and Pitjantjara, will be used to support families facing multiple adversities.

  • New Online Resources

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    The PuP Team have been revising the PuP program. Modules have been renamed and reordered to better reflect the underlying Integrated Theoretical Framework. We have revised many exercises, with a renewed focus on addressing trauma in parents and carers and on supporting the development of self-regulation in children. Importantly we have turned many into online worksheets that can be downloaded and used in place of the Parents Workbook. We will be continuing to add to the pool of online worksheets.

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