Implementing family-centered interventions within the public middle school: linking service delivery to change in student problem behavior.

Child and Family Center, University of Oregon, 195 West 12th Avenue, Eugene, OR 97401, USA.
Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (Impact Factor: 3.09). 01/2006; 33(6):723-33. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-005-7650-6
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ABSTRACT The Adolescent Transitions Program is a family-centered intervention strategy designed to reduce problem behavior and prevent drug use within a public school environment. A parent consultant within a Family Resource Center (FRC) provided universal, selected, and indicated interventions that enhanced and supported positive parenting practices known to serve as protective factors. Implementation of the 3-year FRC model involved 584 students and their families in 4 middle schools. Analyses focused on the dynamics and effects of parent consultant activities and services. Differences in school "adoption" of the FRC services were found to be a function of both passage of time and school environment. Despite significant variation in implementation across schools, FRC services significantly reduced the growth in problem behavior over the course of the middle-school years. The implications of these findings for dissemination of empirically supported, school-based, family-centered interventions are discussed.

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    • "The FCU has been previously tested in multiple randomized trials for families with youths ages 2–17. The results indicate that participation in the FCU is predictive of improvements in antisocial behaviors in early childhood (e.g., Dishion et al. 2008; Shaw et al. 2006), at school age (Dishion et al. 2014; Smith et al. 2014), and during the transition from middle school to high school (Connell et al. 2007; Dishion et al. 2002; Stormshak et al. 2005; Van Ryzin et al. 2012b). Improvements in youth outcomes have been frequently found to be either fully or partially mediated by intervention effects on family management variables , such as positive behavior support (Dishion et al. 2008), and family conflict (Smith et al. 2014b). "
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