ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents of children and adolescents, aged 9 to 14 years old

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 9 – 14

Brief Description

ABCD is a 4- to 6-week psychoeducational group-based parenting program. The program is founded in social learning principles and acceptance-based strategies. ABCD focuses on building stronger relationships between parents and their adolescent child by educating parents on the developmental stage of adolescence and associated challenges of this period in life. The program also tackles issues commonly faced by parents when parenting adolescents and aims to promote enhanced parental acceptance of their adolescent child.

ABCD emphasizes the importance of collaborative decision-making and problem-solving between parent and adolescent. Parents are also taught strategies around effective monitoring of their adolescent child and how to deal with inappropriate and risky behaviors (e.g., drug use). Finally, parents are informed on the importance of self-care and personal well-being.

Group delivery was chosen as a way to normalize common issues and challenges faced by parents. Within the group format, parents are provided with a forum to discuss and share ideas and experiences around parenting adolescents, which in turn can counteract feelings of isolation. In addition to group discussion and content learning, group-based activities and in-home exercises promote real-life skill development that is supplemented by brief instructions and constructive feedback.

Program Goals:

The goals of ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents are:

  • Maximize adolescent children’s wellbeing and resilience by strengthening family relationships and cohesion
  • Build stronger connections between parent and adolescent
  • Develop effective communication between parent and adolescent
  • Encourage acceptance amongst parents toward their adolescent child
  • Help parents develop problem-solving skills, with a particular focus on dealing with interpersonal conflicts
  • Promote the use of effective and fair limit-setting (e.g., boundaries, rules)
  • Promote effective and appropriate monitoring and supervision of adolescent
  • Help parents develop approaches and practices of self-care (e.g., recreation)

Contact Information

Agency/Affiliation: Parenting Research Centre
Phone: +613 8660 3500

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: September 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2018