Research and Resources

Australian Research

Parent Effectiveness Training has been well researched since it first began in 1962. There now is large and recent accumulation of evidence on the qualities of parenting that improve the life chances of children. 'How the Evidence of Today Supports the Wisdom of Yesterday' explores the relationship between the skills taught in P.E.T. and the characteristics required for positive life-outcomes for children.

Australian researcher Dr Christine Wood has added important information to the body of evidence regarding the efficacy of P.E.T, writing papers from her award winning Phd thesis. The links to her work can be found below.

A comparison of Parent Effectiveness Training with other parenting programs can be found at the Gordon Training website.

Larissa, following her passion for the P.E.T. model, has presented posters and workshops at national and international parenting and relationship conferences around Australia. Her work is included in the resource list below.

Books by Dr Thomas Gordon

Further Reading

Some books that I believe enhance, complement and expand upon the theories and skills of Thomas Gordon and P.E.T. are:

  • Parenting for a Peaceful World, by Robin Grille
  • Unconditional Parenting, by Alfie Kohn
  • Parenting from the Inside Out, by Daniel Siegel and Mary Hartzell
  • When Your Kids Press your Buttons, by Bonnie Harris
  • Confident Parent, Remarkable Kids, also by Bonnie Harris.
  • Children are People Too, by Louise Porter.
  • Discipline without Distress by Judy Arnall
  • Parenting with Patience, by Judy Arnall
  • The Heart of Parenting, by John Gottman
  • Emotional Intelligence, by Daniel Goleman
  • How To Talk So Kids Will Listen & To Listen So Kids Will Talk, by Adele Faber and Elaine Mazlish
  • A Good Life, by Hugh Mackay
  • No-Drama Discipline, by Daniel Siegal and Tina Payne Bryson

Free Resources

Larissa has written some easy-to-read handouts  summarising some of the skills taught in Parent Effectiveness Training.  These are available below as a resource.