Family-strengthening approaches for the prevention of youth problem behaviors
Strong families and effective parenting are critical to the prevention of adolescent problem behaviors. Yet dissemination of research-based family interventions has been slow, these authors say, with most practitioners still implementing ineffective programs. In this article, they review two federal studies that involved national searches for effective family interventions targeting pre-birth to adolescence: Preventing Substance Abuse Among Children and Adolescents: Family-Centered Approaches (1998), and Strengthening America's Families (2000). Results revealed three effective prevention approaches (parent training, family skills training, and family therapy), 13 principles of effectiveness, and 35 effective programs. The authors conclude with recommendations for research and practice to promote the widespread adoption and implementation fidelity of effective family-focused, evidence-based prevention programs.