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Exploratory Study of a Preventive Intervention With General Population African American Families

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Journal of Early Adolescence Volume: 23 Issue: 4 Dated: 2003 Pages: 435-468
Date Published
34 pages

This paper provides an examination of the Strengthening Families Program, including the authors’ research methodology, outcomes, and discussion of the findings and their implications.


The authors report the intervention implementation and outcome evaluation of the Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth aged 10 to 14 years, involving a sample of African American families with young adolescents. Implementation feasibility clearly was demonstrated. A sufficient number of families was recruited successfully, retention rates were strong, and observer ratings showed high adherence to the intervention protocol. Control group comparisons at post-test showed positive results for intervention-targeted child behaviors and for child participation in family meetings but not for other outcome measures. Findings of the investigation are discussed in terms of their relevance to ongoing intervention research with minority populations and considered in light of study limitations. Publisher Abstract Provided

Date Published: January 1, 2003