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Strengthening Families
Parent Education: General

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> Family Skills Training for Parents and Children

> Strengthening America's Families: Exemplary Parenting and Family Strategies for Delinquency Prevention

> Strengthening Families website



The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) is designed to increase resilience and reduce risk factors for problem behaviors in high-risk, six- to 11-year-old children. SFP, which addresses behavioral, emotional, academic and social problems, seeks to bolster protective factors by strengthening the parenting skills of parents, improving family relationships and enhancing children's social and life skills. It emphasizes attachment and bonding among family members and family supervision [by parents].  It also encourages within the family communication of family values and expectations of no drug use. This is accomplished through three, 14-week parent training, children's skill training and family life-skills training sessions as well as supportive services. During these sessions, parents learn to increase desired behaviors from children. At the same time, children learn how to understand their feelings, effective communication, social skills, problem solving, resistance to peer pressure, consequences of substance use and compliance with parents' rules. Families plan and engage in structured family activities, practice therapeutic child play, conduct family meetings, learn communication skills, practice effective discipline and reinforce positive behaviors.

(Adapted from information on the Strengthening Families website, 2002, www.strengtheningfamilies.org, and used with the permission of Strengthening America's Families Project—Effective Family Programs for the Prevention of Delinquency)


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Research shows that this strategy helps to prevent substance abuse, conduct disorders and depression in children and parents, improves parenting skills and family relationships. Research also shows decreases antisocial behaviors, conduct disorders and aggression in children.

(Adapted from information on the Strengthening Families website, 2002, www.strengtheningfamilies.org, and used with the permission of Strengthening America's Families Project—Effective Family Programs for the Prevention of Delinquency)


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> Family-oriented interventions for the prevention of chemical dependency in children and adolescents - The Strengthening Families program for the prevention of delinquency and drug use

> Effectiveness of a family skills training program for substance use prevention with inner city African-American families

> Strengthening Families Program


  
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Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.