Model Program

The Incredible Years

1411 Eighth Avenue West
Seattle, WA 98119

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Contact Information:
Carolyn H. Webster-Stratton, PhD
Director
888.506.3562
lisastgeorge@comcast.net

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Strong Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Early Childhood
Preschool
Elementary

Rural
Urban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Incredible Years program features three comprehensive, multifaceted, developmentally-based curricula for parents, teachers, and children. The program is designed to promote emotional and social competence and to prevent, reduce, and treat aggressive, defiant, oppositional, and impulsive behaviors in young children. The Incredible Years addresses multiple risk factors known to be related to the development of conduct disorders in children in both school and home. In all three training programs, trained facilitators use videotaped scenes to structure the content and stimulate group discussion and problem solving.

Program Descriptors Include:
Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2009

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Lack of effort
  • Misbehavior

Family factors

  • Low contact with school

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

All three program components have been extensively evaluated in randomized control group studies by independent investigators with different ethnic populations and age groups. Two randomized control group studies of outcomes of the teacher training indicated significant: increases in engagement in school activities, reductions in aggression in the classroom, increases in positive interactions with peers, and reductions in conduct problems at school. Six randomized control group evaluations conducted by the developer and several independent replications by other investigators have revealed that the parent training significantly increased parents' bonding and involvement with teachers and classrooms.

How evaluation data was collected:
Outside experimental studies