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Strengthening America's Families: Model Family Programs for Substance Abuse and Delinquency Prevention

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Date Published
April 2000
84 pages
This booklet describes 35 model family programs for preventing substance abuse and delinquency.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in collaboration with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service's Center for Substance Abuse Prevention presents in this document the results of the 1999 search for best-practice family strengthening programs. The document summarizes family-focused programs of proven effectiveness, programs divided into categories based upon the degree, quality, and outcomes of research associated with them. The document provides direct links to individual program web-sites as well as a program matrix. The family-focused programs included in this report use the following approaches: (1) Behavioral Parent Training -- highly structured, for parents only, generally in small groups led by a trainer or clinician; (2) Family Skills Training or Behavioral Family Therapy -- multicomponent prevention approach combining behavioral parent training, children's life skills training, and family relationship enhancement; (3) Family Therapy -- prevention approach for youth diagnosed as having milder emotional and behavioral problems, includes parents or entire family unit, sessions led by therapists in clinical settings; (4) Family In-Home Support -- usually combined with parent education, modeling appropriate behavior, and in-home advice; and (5) Comprehensive Approaches -- use a broad array of prevention strategies and services, generally use a case manager working directly with the family to access services. Notes

Date Published: April 1, 2000