ERIC Number: ED431055
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Effective Family Strengthening Interventions. Juvenile Justice Bulletin. Family Strengthening Series.
Alvarado, Rose; Kumpfer, Karol L.
This bulletin summarizes the results of a training and technology transfer program focussing on strengthening families for the prevention of delinquency. A national search was conducted for representative family strengthening programs, and through a process that involved national conferences, regional training sessions, and technical assistance, 25 programs were selected as examples of family strengthening efforts. The programs fell into three broad types: behavioral parent training, family therapy interventions, and family skills training. The review of program activities suggests that there is no one best way to conduct a family intervention program, but some principles for program effectiveness were identified. These center on tailoring the program to the needs of people served, with culturally aware and developmentally appropriate interventions. Research shows that family strengthening programs can curb crime and delinquency, and that to be maximally effective, delinquency prevention programs must start as early as possible. (Contains 155 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.