The Incredible Years (IY)

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Scientific Rating:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
See scale of 1-5
Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
See descriptions of 3 levels

About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. The Incredible Years (IY) has been rated by the CEBC in the areas of: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs.

Target Population: Parents, teachers, and children

For children/adolescents ages: 4 – 8

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 4 – 8

Brief Description

The Incredible Years is a series of three separate, multifaceted, and developmentally based curricula for parents, teachers, and children. This series is designed to promote emotional and social competence; and to prevent, reduce, and treat behavior and emotional problems in young children. The parent, teacher, and child programs can be used separately or in combination. There are treatment versions of the parent and child programs as well as prevention versions for high-risk populations.

Program Goals:

The overall goals of The Incredible Years are split into short-term goals and long-term goals:

  • Short-Term Goals:
    • Improved parent-child interactions, building positive relationships and attachment, improved parental functioning, less harsh and more nurturing parenting, and increased parental social support and problem solving
    • Improved teacher-student relationships, proactive classroom management skills, and strengthened teacher-parent partnerships
    • Prevention, reduction, and treatment of early onset conduct behaviors and emotional problems
    • Promotion of child social competence, emotional regulation, positive attributions, academic readiness, and problem solving
  • Long-Term Goals:
    • Prevention of conduct disorders, academic underachievement, delinquency, violence, and drug abuse

Contact Information

Name: Megan Pahl
Title: Director of Operations
Agency/Affiliation: The Incredible Years, Inc.
Phone: (888) 506-3562

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: January 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: April 2014

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: March 2006