The Parent Project's Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior

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Scientific Rating:
NR
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Child Welfare System Relevance Level:
Medium
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About This Program

The information in this program outline is provided by the program representative and edited by the CEBC staff. The Parent Project's Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior has been reviewed by the CEBC in the areas of: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent) and Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents, but lacks the necessary research evidence to be given a Scientific Rating.

Target Population: Parents of what are collectively referred to as "strong-willed," or out-of-control adolescents and older children (11-17 years old), including children diagnosed with Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Conduct Disorder, and most children diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder. The program has also been used with adult children still living in the home.

For parents/caregivers of children ages: 11 – 17

Brief Description

The Parent Project's Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior is a behaviorally based psychoeducational program for parents of acting out adolescents and older children which is presented only by trained Certified Parent Project Facilitators. Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior requires parents to attend a minimum of twenty hours of activity-based, highly structured classroom instruction, and six hours of support group involvement. Groups operate under the UCLA Self-Help Support Group Model, and may continue to meet indefinitely. Thus, Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior is not only a parent-training module, but also contains a subsequent ongoing support group component. The program follows the 216-page curriculum, A Parents’ Guide to Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior. This program can serve as a stand-alone intervention for less severe issues, or concurrent with more traditional service delivery systems such as individual/family counseling, psychiatric treatment, inpatient, or residential care.

Program Goals:

The goals of The Parent Project's Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior are:

  • Reduce family conflict including arguing and violence
  • Improve school attendance and performance
  • Reduce/prevent alcohol and other drug use
  • Reduce teen sexual acting out
  • Terminate poor peer associations (up to and including frank gang involvement)
  • Achieve appropriate parental response to teen runaway behavior
  • Achieve appropriate parental response to teen suicidal threats/attempts
  • Increase sense of parental efficacy (locus of control)
  • Improve family structure to be consistent with age-appropriate, developmental needs of children/adolescents, including age and developmentally appropriate rewards/consequences
  • Increase family bonding

Contact Information

Name: Ralph Fry
Title: President
Agency/Affiliation: Parent Project, Inc.
Website: www.parentproject.com
Email:
Phone: (800) 372-8886
Fax: (702) 293-6276
Name: Roger Morgan, PsyD
Agency/Affiliation: Parent Project, Inc.
Website: www.parentproject.com
Email:
Phone: (800) 372-8886
Fax: (702) 293-6276

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed by CEBC: December 2015

Date Program Content Last Reviewed by Program Staff: July 2016

Date Program Originally Loaded onto CEBC: September 2012