Model Program

Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14

Iowa State University
2625 North Loop Drive, Suite 500
Ames, IA 50010
http://www.extension.iastate.edu/sfp/

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Contact Information:
Catherine Webb
Director
515.294.1426
cwebb@iastate.edu

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention
Intervention

Both

Limited Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Middle School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is an adaptation of the Strengthening Families Program. The video-based program aims to reduce substance use and behavior problems during adolescence through improved skills in nurturing and child management by parents and improved interpersonal and personal competencies among youth. Youth sessions generally concentrate on strengthening goal setting, communication skills, behavior management techniques, and peer pressure. By contrast, parents generally discuss the importance of nurturing while simultaneously setting rules, monitoring compliance, and applying appropriate discipline. Topics include developing appropriate rules, encouraging good behavior, using consequences, building bridges, and protecting against substance abuse.

Program Descriptors Include:
Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

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

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior

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

Optimism

  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Teachers
Counselors
Volunteers
Social Workers
Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Both post-test evaluations of family processes and follow-up studies of individual substance use have demonstrated positive effects for SFP families and adolescents, compared to control groups. During the four years after the study pre-test, compared to the control group, SFP participants showed: reduction in "ever use" of substances, reduction in conduct problems, and delayed onset of other problematic behaviors.

How evaluation data was collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level