Compared to full term infants, preterm infants are at greater risk of developmental and behavioural problems and their parents are at risk of psychological distress, compromised parenting, and relationship difficulties.  Prem Baby Triple P, a modification of Baby Triple P, is a support program for parents of very preterm infants born <32 weeks ga. It aims to enhance parents’ knowledge, skills and confidence in early parenting practices and to protect the mental and emotional well being of parents of preterm babies. 

In this NHMRC funded trial, 323 families across the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and Mater Hospital in Brisbane have been randomised to receive either Prem Baby Triple P (4 face-to-face sessions while the infant is still in hospital and 4 home telephone consultations) or Care As Usual.  The primary outcome at 24 months corrected age is child behavioural and emotional problems assessed using the Infant Toddler Social & Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) and direct observation of mother-toddler interactions. Secondary outcomes include child cognition and language, while proximal outcomes include parent affective state, couple-relationship quality, and parenting self-efficacy. Follow-up is due for completion in July 2017.

Project members

Associate Professor Alina Morawska

Deputy Director (Research)
School of Psychology