The role of social identity and self-efficacy in predicting service providers’ use of Stepping Stones Triple P following training

Tellegen, Cassandra L., Schoch, Martha, Hodges, Julie, Peters, Kim, Sanders, Matthew R., Tonge, Bruce, Einfeld, Stewart, Sofronoff, Kate, Gray, Kylie M., and The MHYPeDD team, (2024) The role of social identity and self-efficacy in predicting service providers’ use of Stepping Stones Triple P following training. Children and Youth Services Review, 156. 107318.

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Background: Identifying factors that may contribute to the use of programs following the completion of training by practitioners is of practical and theoretical importance.

Aim: This study examined the role of social identity and self-efficacy in contributing to the delivery of an evidence-based parenting program.

Methods and Procedures: A sample of 63 multi-disciplinary professionals trained in the Stepping Stones Triple P-Positive Parenting Program, for parents of children with developmental disability, as part of a statewide roll-out were interviewed two years after training. Data on the number of hours of delivery during the 2-year period was analysed along with quantitative data obtained during interviews that assessed professionals’ self-efficacy and social identity as a Stepping Stones professional.

Outcomes and Results: Social identity was associated with the use of SSTP in an independent analysis, but the association was no longer significant when other factors were included in a regression model. Self-efficacy predicted the use of SSTP and was found to be a mediator in the relationship between social identity and use of SSTP.

Conclusions and Implications: This first investigation into the role of social identity in the implementation of evidence-based parenting programs showed that social identity could play an important role. The role of self-efficacy in predicting program use was further supported in this study and the mediator function of self-efficacy is explored. The practical and theoretical implications of the role of self-efficacy and social identity in the training of professionals are discussed.

Item ID: 81703
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1873-7765
Copyright Information: Crown Copyright © 2023 Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CC BY license (
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The MHYPeDD team includes JCU affiliated researcher Sam Teague.

Funders: National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)
Projects and Grants: Ideas Grant 1016919
Date Deposited: 03 Apr 2024 01:46
FoR Codes: 52 PSYCHOLOGY > 5201 Applied and developmental psychology > 520101 Child and adolescent development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200206 Health system performance (incl. effectiveness of programs) @ 100%
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