Active Parenting 4th Edition

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 5 – 12

Brief Description

Active Parenting 4th Edition is a video-based parenting education program targeting parents of children from early childhood through early teens who want to improve their parenting skills and their child’s behavior. It is based on the application of Adlerian parenting theory, which includes mutual respect among family members, nonviolent discipline, problem solving, communication skills training, family enrichment, and encouragement.

Active Parenting 4th Edition is conducted in one 2-hour class per week for 6 weeks. The program features a video (either on two DVDs or embedded in a PowerPoint presentation) that contains vignettes of a variety of typical family situations depicted by professional actors. Each scene provides an example of how an autocratic or permissive parenting technique fails to handle a situation and then models the alternative authoritative (or "active") skills. The Leader's Guide aids the leader, a professional facilitator, in organizing the sessions. The guide contains session organizers, questions and answers to help parents process the video, instructions for all group activities, brief explanations to be made by the leader, and home activity assignments. The Parent's Guide and Parent’s Workbooks contain all the information covered in Active Parenting 4th Edition, giving parents their first exposure to the information and skills they will be learning. It also includes additional reading material, practice activities, and homework assignments that provide information and opportunities to practice using the skills.

Program Goals:

The goals of Active Parenting 4th Edition are:

  • Teach parents a comprehensive model of parenting that will better enable their children to survive and thrive in a modern democratic society
  • Decrease the amount of parent-child relationship problems
  • Improve child behavior
  • Improve child welfare

Contact Information

Michael Popkin, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Active Parenting Publishers
Phone: (800) 825-0060
Fax: (770) 429-0334

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: March 2018

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: February 2013