Active Parenting of Teens

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Program/Intervention Name

Active Parenting of Teens


Behavioral Management and Treatment, Parenting Skills - Training and Enhancement

Program/Intervention Description

What: This video and discussion program is for parents of preteens and teens. Active Parenting of Teens, either alone or in conjunction with Teens in Action (called, Active Parenting of teens: Families in Action) would only need some additional discussion of issues related to adoption for adaption to this population. Another curriculum based on the same AP model of parenting is called, Active Parenting in Step-families. In addition to all of the basic AP skills and concepts, it has a strong focus on how to build a new family when people come together with different histories. Such concepts as coping with loss, developing family guidelines, and other issues that apply to blended families could easily be adapted for adoptive families. How: Active Parenting of Teens is conducted in one 2-hour in-person or online class per week for 6 weeks. The program features a video that contains vignettes of a variety of typical family situations involving pre-teens and teens depicted by professional actors. Each scene provides an example of how an autocratic or permissive parenting technique fails to handle a situation and then models the alternative authoritative (or "active") skills. Each session concludes with a homework assignment that are supported by AP of Teens parenting guide. Services may be provided in a community agency, group home, hospital, outpatient clinic, or school.

Intervention Target Population Identified (Age Group)


Program Goals/Outcomes

1. Teach parents a comprehensive model of parenting that will better enable their teens to survive and thrive in a modern democratic society 2. Decrease the amount of parent-teen relationship problems 3. Improve teen behavior 4. Improve teen welfare/well-being

QIC Target Group

General - 3

QIC Adoption/Guardianship Relevance Levels

LEVEL 6: General Population

QIC level of Evidence

LEVEL 4: Promising Practice

Intervention Web Site/URL

Contact Person/Purveyor

Michael H. Popkin, Ph.D.


Active Parenting USA Headquarters

Contact Email

Contact Phone

800-825-0060 x106

External Links (Registry/Other Catalog)