Topic: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents

Scientific Ratings in this topic:

1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence

2 - Supported by Research Evidence

3 - Promising Research Evidence

4 - Evidence Fails to Demonstrate Effect

5 - Concerning Practice

NR - Not able to be Rated

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Definition for Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents:

Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents are defined by the CEBC as parent training services for parents/caregivers that have a goal of preventing or reducing common behavior problems in children and adolescents. Click here to see the overall Parent Training Programs topic area page.

  • Target population: Parents who may need assistance dealing with common behavior problems in children, such as temper tantrums, back talk, conflict over homework or chores, etc. with a focus on changing the youth’s behavior through a parent-mediated approach
  • Service(s)/types that would fit: Direct intervention with parents in individual or group formats delivered face-to-face, via internet, or through recorded media (e.g., videos)
  • Delivered by: Trained paraprofessionals, educators, or mental health professionals
  • In order to be included: The overall focus of the program must be on parent training and have a goal of preventing and/or reducing child behavior problems (i.e., the program may have multiple goals with preventing and/or reducing child behavior problems being one of them).
  • In order to be rated: There must be research evidence (as specified by Scientific Rating Scale) that examines outcomes in child symptom levels, functioning, and/or behaviors (e.g., mental health, disruptive behaviors, etc.). In addition, research evidence may also examine outcomes in parenting behavior (e.g., changes in behavior management skills).

Why was Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents chosen as a topic by the Advisory Committee? (Click for Answer)

The Parent Training Programs topic area is relevant to child welfare because parents of children in the child welfare system are often required or encouraged to attend parent training programs. There are specific parent training programs that have been studied, for which there is evidence of efficacy, and which are applicable to the child welfare population. It is critical for us to know what works for families. If counties and courts are aware of what programs work in improving parent functioning they will be able to prescribe effective programs and avoid using programs that have no demonstrated positive impact on parental functioning.

Danna Fabella, Director, Federal Linkages
Child & Family Policy Institute of California
Sacramento, CA

Stuart Oppenheim, Executive Director
Child & Family Policy Institute of California
Sacramento Office
Sacramento, CA

Deborah Reeves
Former CEBC Advisory Committee Member

Programs in this Topic Area

The programs listed below have been reviewed by the CEBC and, if appropriate, been rated using the Scientific Rating Scale.

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 1 - Well-Supported by Research Evidence:

  • Family Check-Up (FCU)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Caregivers of children 2-17 years old in the middle class or lower socioeconomic level
  • Incredible Years, The (IY)detailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents, Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (Secondary) Programs
    Parents, teachers, and children
  • Parent Management Training - Oregon Model (PMTO®)detailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents of children 2-18 years of age with disruptive behaviors such as conduct disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, and anti-social behaviors
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)detailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Children ages 2.0 - 7.0 years old with behavior and parent-child relationship problems; may be conducted with parents, foster parents, or other ...
  • Parenting through Change (PTC)detailed view
    ? provisional rating until: Friday, December 22, 2017
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents of children ages 2-18 at risk for or presenting with behavior problems
  • Triple P - Positive Parenting Program® - Level 4 (Level 4 Triple P)detailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    For parents and caregivers of children and adolescents from birth to 12 years old with moderate to severe behavioral and/or ...

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 2 - Supported by Research Evidence:

  • Chicago Parent Programdetailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents of young children 2-5 years old
  • Common Sense Parenting (CSP)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents and other caregivers of children ages 6 - 16 years
  • Hitkashrut – non-responder
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Families with children who are showing early signs of conduct problem development
  • Strong African American Families Program (SAAF)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    African American youth, aged 10-14, and their parents/caregivers
  • Triple P - Positive Parenting Program® - Level 3 Discussion Groupdetailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents or caregivers of children ages 0-12 years with mild-moderate emotional and behavioral concerns
  • Tuning in to Kids (TIK)detailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents and caregivers of children with disruptive behavior between 18 months and 18 years of age; can be used with parents and ...
  • Tuning in to Teens™ (TINT)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents of children and adolescents aged 10-18 years of age

Programs with a Scientific Rating of 3 - Promising Research Evidence:

Programs with a Scientific Rating of NR - Not able to be Rated:

  • Active Parenting 4th Editiondetailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents and caregivers of children ages 5 to 12
  • Active Parenting of Teensdetailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents and caregivers of preteens and teens ages 10 to 17 with a wide range of problems including oppositional behavior, poor self-esteem, ...
  • Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Families with children younger than 6 years old in high-risk populations such as child enrolled in Early Head Start, teen moms, ...
  • Make Parenting a Pleasure (MPAP)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Highly stressed families with children ages 0 to 8 years at risk for abuse or neglect
  • Parent Project's Changing Destructive Adolescent Behavior, Thedetailed view
    Topics: Disruptive Behavior Treatment (Child & Adolescent), Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents of what are collectively referred to as "strong-willed," or out-of-control adolescents and older children (11-17 years old), ...
  • Positive Discipline Parent Educationdetailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents of children who are typically developing (infants through teens) and teachers of children (toddlers through teens) who are typically-developing; ...
  • Quality Parentingdetailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents
    Parents, grandparents, teachers, babysitters, and other caretakers who need support - information and practical skills - to create an environment ...
  • Strengthening Families Program (SFP)detailed view
    Topics: Parent Training Programs that Address Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents, Parent Training Programs that Address Child Abuse and Neglect
    Parents and their children ages 0-17 who need skills to reduce family conflict and the risk of abuse or neglect, ...