Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents and caregivers of youth ages 12-14

Brief Description

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action is a school- and community-based intervention for middle school-aged youth designed to increase protective factors that prevent and reduce alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use; irresponsible sexual behavior; and violence. Family, school, and peer bonding are important objectives. The program includes a parent and teen component. The parent component uses the curriculum from Active Parenting of Teens. This curriculum is based on Adlerian parenting theory, which advocates mutual respect among family members, parental guidance, and use of an authoritative style of parental leadership that facilitates behavioral correction. A teen component was developed to complement the parent component.

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action uses a family-systems approach in which families attend sessions and learn skills. Each of the sessions includes time during which parents and youth meet in separate groups and time during which all family members meet together. Modules address parent-child communication, positive behavior management, interpersonal relationships for adolescents, ways for families to have fun together, enhancement of the adolescent's self-esteem, and factors that promote school success. Youth are taught about the negative social and physical effects of substance use, they learn general life skills and social resistance skills, and they are provided opportunities to practice these skills. Parents are taught skills to help reinforce their teen's skills training. During the portion of each session involving the youth and parents together, they participate in a family enrichment activity and receive a homework assignment to complete before the next session.

The program is offered in six weekly 2-and-1/2-hour long sessions. Typical groups consist of 5 to 12 families. Sessions use videos, group discussion, and role-plays, plus high-energy activities for the teens. Two leaders are needed, one for the parent portion and one for the teen portion, with one of the two leaders also leading the parents and teens combined.

Program Goals:

The goals of Active Parenting of Teens – Families in Action are:

  • Teach parents a comprehensive model of parenting adolescents that will better enable them children to survive and thrive in a modern democratic society
  • Teach teens the complementary life skills for surviving and thriving in a modern democratic society
  • Decrease the amount of parent-teen relationship problems
  • Improve teen behavior
  • Improve teen welfare

Contact Information

Michael Popkin, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Active Parenting Publishers
Phone: (678) 738-0462
Fax: (770) 429-0565

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: July 2017

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: January 2013

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2013