Model Family Programs for Delinquency Prevention
Rating * Model Target * 6-18 Speciality * Parent Training
Program * Parenting Adolescents Wisely
Description *

  Parenting Adolescents Wisely (PAW) is an interactive CD-Rom based program designed for families at risk with children from early elementary to high school age. Video programs which overcome illiteracy barriers meets the needs of families who don't usually attend or finish parenting education. PAW is based on social learning theory, family systems theory, and cognitive theory. PAW seeks to help families enhance relationships and decrease conflict through behavior management and support. It enhances child adjustment and potentially reduces delinquency, substance abuse and involvement with juvenile justice system. In addition, PAW builds parental confidence in parenting skills. It seeks to improve communication, problem solving and parent-school communication while improving school attendance and grades and reducing disciplinary infractions.

Through a self-administered, self-paced CD-Rom program parents view video scenes of common family problems. For each problem parents choose a solution and see it enacted and listen to a critique. The video program covers communication skills, problem solving skills, speaking respectfully, assertive discipline, reinforcement, chore compliance, homework compliance, supervising children who are hanging out with peers who are a bad influence, step-family problems, single parents issues, violence, and others. The program is designed to be used by parents totally unfamiliar with computers as well as those with experience. The program takes only one to two sessions lasting approximately three hours.

A pre/post-test evaluation format was used which showed that parents had improved knowledge of parenting principles, use of appropriate parenting skills and decreased child behavior problems. Almost half of the teens who scored in the clinically deviant range of the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory had moved into the functional (normal) range of child behavior. A third evaluation showed the same kinds of changes as found in the first two studies, except the magnitude of changes in child behavior problems was greater. Problem behaviors had dropped to half of the previous rate one, three, and six months after the parents used the program. A control goupr showed no changes.

    Contact * Donald A. Gordon, Ph.D. 
    Address* Psychology Department, Ohio University 
        Athens, OH   45701
    Phone * 740 593-1074
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    Website   * 
    Dept. of Health Promotion and Education

Funded by - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention