Program That Involves Parents Can Help Reduce Teen Problem Behavior, Study Suggests

A program that provides feedback and skills training for parents can help reduce teen problem behavior, a new study has found. The program, called Family Check-Up, is short, requiring only about four-and-a-half hours, Science Daily reports.

The study included 593 seventh and eighth graders and their families, half of whom were randomly assigned to participate in the program. The researchers asked the students about their families’ interactions, and videotaped parents interacting with their children at home and school.

The researchers found the program reduced family conflict, parental monitoring, and teens’ antisocial behavior and alcohol use. Their findings appear in the Journal of Adolescent Health.

“Most adolescents with behavioral problems see professionals after they are in trouble instead of beforehand, which is why this program is unique; there are few preventive programs like it,” Garry Sigman, MD, Director of Adolescent Medicine at Loyola University Medical Center in Chicago, told Science Daily. He cautioned, “It requires either a school district willing to incur the time and financial costs of trained professionals or collaboration between schools and mental health professionals. In either case, most districts do not have funds or interest in this type of endeavor.”

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    Jeremy Duchess

    February 28, 2012 at 4:20 AM

    Interesting. I think it’s great that parents are able to improve with how they relate to their teens after involving themselves in the program. It’s not very easy to be handling teens with problem behavior, that’s why is it also important for parents to be educated and learn strategies to help them become better in parenting their teens. There are some related articles to read that explains why our teens behave the way they do.

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    Juliana Mecera

    February 3, 2012 at 3:17 PM

    Where can one go for more information about “Family Check-up,” for instance if one were to explore implementing this program?

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    Jacqueline Fleming

    January 31, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Not only 7th and 8th grades, ppl with HDA also cause some kids agrue problems too

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