Model Family Programs for Delinquency Prevention
Rating * Model Target * 2-18 Speciality * Parent Training
Program * CICC's Effective Black Parenting
Description *

  Effective Black Parenting (EBPP), a cognitive-behavioral program, was created to meet the specific needs of African-American parents. It seeks to foster effective family communication, healthy AfricanAmerican identity, extended family values, child growth and development, and healthy self-esteem. In addition, it facilitates efforts to combat child abuse, substance abuse, juvenile delinquency, gang violence, learning disorders, behavior problems, and emotional disturbances. The program is grounded in basic parenting strategies and information appropriate for all socio-economic status levels but especially for parents of children aged 2-12 years old.

The program is taught in two formats: as a class with 15 three-hour training sessions that emphasize role playing and home behavior projects, and a one-day seminar version for very large groups of parents. Black educators and mental health professionals teach a series of basic child management skills using African proverbs, African American linguistic forms and emphasizing African American achievement and competence. In addition, the interactive groups address: Respectful and Rule-Breaking Behaviors; Traditional and Modern Discipline; Black Pride; Black Self-disparagement; Coping with Racism; African Origin Family Values; Preventing Drug Use; and Single Parenting. Two companion parent training programs, Confident Parenting, for the general population of parents and Los Ninos Bien Educados, specifically for the Latino Parents are also available.

The 15-session EBPP was field tested on two cohorts of inner-city African-American parents and their first- and second-grade children. Pre-post changes were compared in a quasi-experimental design with 109 treatment and 64 control families. Findings showed significant decrease in parental rejection, increase in the quality of family relationships, and in child behavior outcomes. A 1-year follow-up indicated that the reductions in parental rejection and in selected child behavior problems were maintained. Both the 15-session and one-day seminar versions have been well-received in African American communities nationwide, as 2000 instructors have already been trained and are using them in schools, agencies, churches, mosques and Urban League affiliates.

    Contact * Kerby T. Alvy, Ph.D., Executive Director 
    Address* Center for the Improvement of Child Caring
11331 Ventura Boulevard, Suite 103 
        Studio City, CA  91604-3147
    Phone * 818 980-0903 or 800 325-2422
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    Dept. of Health Promotion and Education

Funded by - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention