Parenting Wisely

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About This Program

Target Population: Families with children at risk for or with: behavior problems, substance abuse problems, or delinquency

For children/adolescents ages: 9 – 18

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 9 – 18

Brief Description

Parenting Wisely is a self-administered, highly interactive computer-based program that teaches parents and children, ages 9-18, skills to improve their relationships and decrease conflict through support and behavior management. The program utilizes a DVD for group administration or an interactive online program for individual administration with ten video scenarios depicting common challenges with adolescents. Parents are provided the choice of three solutions to these challenges and are able to view the scenarios enacted, while receiving feedback about each choice. Parents are quizzed periodically throughout the program and receive feedback. The program operates as a supportive tutor pointing out typical errors parents make and highlighting new skills that will help them resolve problems. Computer experience or literacy is not required. Parents and children can use the program together as a family intervention. The Parenting Wisely program uses a risk-focused approach to reduce family conflict and child behavior problems and improve the quality of parent-child relationships.

Program Goals:

The goals of Parenting Wisely are:

  • Reduction in child problem behavior
  • Improvement in family relationships
  • Decrease in teen and maternal depression
  • Reduction in preteen and teen drug and alcohol abuse
  • Reduction in preteen and teen violent behavior
  • Improvements in parenting self-efficacy and parenting satisfaction
  • Improvements in parenting knowledge
  • Reduction in use of physical punishment
  • Improvement in frequency of family activities and meetings

Contact Information

Don Gordon, PhD
Title: Professor Emeritus
Agency/Affiliation: Ohio University and Family Works, Inc.
Phone: (541) 201-7680
Fax: (740) 594-2521

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: June 2016

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2015

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2006