Parent and family skills training in targeted prevention programs for at-risk youth
The first part of this paper provides an overview for targeted preventive interventions using parent and family skills training with high risk children. The typical format and goals of these programs are presented. Empirically-examined parent training programs have either been delivered to the parents alone, to the parents and children in separate group meetings, or to the parents and children together in sessions for at least part of the time. An overview of findings from research on these programs indicates that these programs have consistent and replicated effects on children's behavior, on parents' improved use of effective discipline strategies, and on improved family functioning. The second major part of this paper describes gaps in existing research knowledge about indicated prevention programs are then identified, and the barriers and opportunities involved in the implementation of empirically-supported are discussed. Finally, the paper provides a series of recommendations for future research, knowledge development and policy development.
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