Model Program

Parenting Wisely

1005 E. State St., Ste. G
Athens, OH 45701
http://www.familyworksinc.com

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Contact Information:
Donald A. Gordon, PhD
Director
866.234.9473
info@familyworksinc.com

Program Specification:

Emphasis:

Gender:

Rating:

Prevention

Both

Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Elementary
Middle School
High School

Rural
Urban
Suburban
Inner City
Tribal

Individuals

Ethnicity:

Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Description:

Parenting Wisely (PW) is a parenting skills education system. The PW programs are designed to facilitate the learning of necessary skills for the healthy well-balanced raising of children from age 3 to 18. Proven to reduce problem behaviors and increase communication and family unity, PW offers well documented and tested programs that guarantee results. Available in either CD-ROM or online formats, PW's interactive format encourages maximum skill retention. Parents choose from ten different video enactments of typical family struggles, from teenagers playing loud music to trouble in school and more. After viewing the conflict, users must choose from a list of options representing different levels of effectiveness. Each behavior is portrayed and then critiqued through an interactive question and answer session. The in-depth tutorials highlight the parenting skills depicted and give further insight into beneficial behavior. Each session is then concluded with a quiz, further engraining the information.

Program Descriptors Include:
Attendance/Truancy, Behavior Management/Discipline, Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Starting Date: Unspecified
Students Served Per Year: Unspecified
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior

Family factors

  • Not living with both natural parents
  • Family disruption
  • Lack of conversations about school

Program promotes the following:

Relationships

  • Clear social norms
  • Perception of support from adults and peers

Independence

  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards

Creativity

  • Problem-solving skills

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

Unspecified

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Unspecified

Parents

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Media/CD/DVD
Computer/Internet Based

Unspecified

Evaluation Information:

Thirteen evaluations have been conducted on PW across a variety of settings. Five studies involved random assignment of parents to treatment and control groups. The program was found to: significantly reduce problem/conduct behavior in children, and improve parental involvement with children and their schoolwork.

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

Additional Evaluation Information:
http://www.familyworksinc.com/research_articles/index.html