Active Parenting of Teens

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About This Program

Target Population: Parents and caregivers of preteens and teens ages 10 to 17 with a wide range of problems including oppositional behavior, poor self-esteem, lack of general life skills

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 10 – 17

Brief Description

Active Parenting of Teens is a video-based parenting education program targeting parents of preteens and teens ages 10-17 who want to improve their parenting skills and their preteens’/teens’ behavior. It is based on the application of Adlerian parenting theory, which includes mutual respect among family members, non-violent discipline, problem solving, communication skills training, family enrichment, problem solving, and encouragement.

Active Parenting of Teens is conducted in one 2-hour class per week for 6 weeks. The program features a video that contains vignettes of a variety of typical family situations involving pre-teens and teens 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 Active Parenting of Teens 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 Active Parenting of Teens Parent's Guide contains all the information covered in Active Parenting of Teens, 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 of Teens are:

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

Contact Information

Michael H. Popkin, PhD
Agency/Affiliation: Active Parenting Publishers
Phone: (678) 738-0462
Fax: (770) 429-0334

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: January 2013

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: January 2013