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Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14

Iowa State University
2625 North Loop Drive, Suite 500
Ames, IA 50010
Contact Information
Catherine Webb

Program Specifications


Prevention, Intervention

Age/Grade Level:

Middle School





Target Settings:

Rural, Urban, Suburban, Inner City

Target Groups:


Other Participation Criteria:



The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) is an adaptation of the Strengthening Families Program. The video-based program aims to reduce substance use and behavior problems during adolescence through improved skills in nurturing and child management by parents and improved interpersonal and personal competencies among youth. Youth sessions generally concentrate on strengthening goal setting, communication skills, behavior management techniques, and peer pressure. By contrast, parents generally discuss the importance of nurturing while simultaneously setting rules, monitoring compliance, and applying appropriate discipline. Topics include developing appropriate rules, encouraging good behavior, using consequences, building bridges, and protecting against substance abuse.

Program Descriptors Include:

Family/Parental Involvement, Substance Abuse, Life Skills Training

Program Rating:

Limited Evidence

Starting Year:


Students Served Per Year:

Last Verified:

March 19th, 2009

Strategies for Locating Students:


Reenrolled Students with Disabilities:


Risk Factors

Program addresses the following:

Individual Factors

  • Has a learning disability or emotional disturbance
  • High-risk social behavior

Protective Factors

Program promotes the following:


  • Clear social norms
  • Good relationships with parents, peers, and teachers
  • Involvement with positive peer activities


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards


  • High expectations by community, family, school, and self

Program Resources

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is or per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Teachers, Counselors, Volunteers, Social Workers, Parents

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Evaluation Information

Description of Program Impact:
Both post-test evaluations of family processes and follow-up studies of individual substance use have demonstrated positive effects for SFP families and adolescents, compared to control groups. During the four years after the study pre-test, compared to the control group, SFP participants showed: reduction in "ever use" of substances, reduction in conduct problems, and delayed onset of other problematic behaviors.

How Evaluation Data Was Collected:
Data collected and analyzed at state or organizational level

Additional Evaluation Information: