Publications on the Foundations of PDEP

PDEP is based on the most current research findings on children’s emotional, social and neurological development. It also draws from major developmental theories, including attachment, constructivist and cognitive developmental theories.  PDEP’s theoretical framework is described in this article:

Durrant, J.E., & Stewart-Tufescu, A. (2017).  What is ‘discipline’ in the age of children’s rights?  International Journal of Children’s Rights, 25, 359-379.

PDEP also is based on a large body of research showing that physical punishment is a risk factor in children’s development.  That research is summarized in this article:

Durrant, J.E., & Ensom, R. (2017). Twenty-five years of physical punishment research: What have we learned?  Journal of the Korean Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 28, 20-24.

Publications on PDEP’s Outcomes

In the first years of PDEP, we focused intensively on creating a strong program for parents and high-quality training for Facilitators.  During that period, we began to collect monitoring data to assess parents’ and facilitators’ satisfaction with PDEP and to find out if they believe it has impact.  We used this information to strengthen the program and its implementation over several years.

When we became confident in the consistency of program delivery and the validity of the data we were gathering, we began to analyze the data statistically.  Now we are publishing those findings.  You can read our peer-reviewed publications below. 

Durrant, J.E. (2019, forthcoming). Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting. In E.T. Gershoff & S. Lee (Eds.). Effective approaches to reducing physical punishment and teaching disciplinary alternatives. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.  (Coming Soon)
Durrant, J.E., Plateau, D.P., Ateah, C., Holden, G., Barker, L., Stewart-Tufescu, A., Jones, A., Ly, G., Ahmed, R. (2017).  Parents’ views of the relevance of a violence prevention program in high, medium, and low human development contexts.  International Journal of Behavioral Development, 41, 523-531. 
Durrant, J.E., Plateau, D.P., Ateah, C.A., Stewart-Tufescu, A., Jones, A., Ly, G., Barker, L., Holden, G.W., Kearley, C., McAulay, J, Peters, R.DeV., & Tapanya, S. (2014).  Preventing punitive violence: Preliminary data on the Positive Discipline in Everyday Parenting (PDEP) program.  Canadian Journal of Community Mental Health, 33, 109-125.