Integrated Bipolar Parenting Intervention

ContactHelen Vincent, Research Associate
Telephone01524 594954
AddressThe Spectrum Centre, Lancaster University, Bailrigg, Lancaster, LA1 4YW

People with bipolar disorder may find that their changes in mood make the delivery of consistent parenting more difficult than for parents without bipolar disorder. This online parenting support programme combines self-management strategies for bipolar disorder.

The website combines an established parenting intervention with information and resources for parents with Bipolar Disorder.

In the video below Professor Steve Jones introduces IBPI.

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This study, led by researchers at The Spectrum Centre, Lancaster University, involves parents with bipolar disorder testing out a new intervention combining a well-known parenting intervention (Triple-P online) with bipolar self-management strategies. The study aims to test whether the intervention is helpful and whether it improves parenting and bipolar symptoms.

The current study builds on findings from our previous study which found significant improvements in both child behaviour and parenting for families when parents completed an older version of Triple P Online. This has now been developed and extra elements added.


The study is recruiting individuals within the north west region of England. Participant requirements:

  • Be aged over 18 years
  • Have at least one child aged 3-10 years
  • Have an average of at least 10 hours face-to-face contact with this child each week
  • Have a research verified diagnosis of bipolar disorder (I, II or NOS)
  • Have access to the Internet
  • Be able to understand written English in order to provide informed consent & use the intervention


50 parents with bipolar disorder will use the study website for four months. Their views on child behaviour, parenting and their own symptoms will be collected at 5 points over a 12 month follow up period after the intervention. Their responses will be compared to 50 participants who did not have access to the website.

Straight after using the intervention 10 participants will also be invited to take part in an interview to ask some more in depth questions about their experience, what they liked, what they didn’t like. 15 children of parents who use the intervention will also be invited to take part in interviews about family life before and after the intervention in order to give us insight into how the intervention really works.