Active Parenting Research Studies

Do you need evidence of effectiveness to back up your grant proposal? Many Active Parenting programs have been selected for study by academics and other professionals. The results of those studies are available here.

Over 35 Years of Evidence: Active Parenting Works!

Summary

Read and download our summary of 19 studies that span more than 35 years of Active Parenting history and provide strong scientific evidence of the efficacy of the Active Parenting model.

Abstracts

Click here to read abstracts of all the studies in the Active Parenting evidence base.

Research Categorized by Program

Because of the similarities among Active Parenting programs—they are derived from the same original program (The Active Parenting Discussion Program, Popkin, 1983), use the same theoretical model, teach similar parenting skills, include specific tobacco, alcohol, and other drugs (TAOD), sexuality, violence, bullying, and school success information and skill training, and use a multi-session video-based delivery system—research results showing evidence of effectiveness with one of the programs lends support for the other programs as well.

Active Parenting: First Five Years

Research published in peer-reviewed journals:

  • The results of the Active Parenting: First Five Years national research study have been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Child & Youth Care Forum
    Jespersen, J. E., Morris, A. S., Hubbs-Tait, L., & Washburn, I. J. (2021). Evaluation of a parent education program emphasizing responsive parenting and mindfulness: An inclusive randomized controlled trial. Child & Youth Care Forum, (), 1-25. doi: 10.1007/s10566-021-09597-2

Listed on third-party websites of evidence-based programs:

  • Head Start/ECLKC (Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center) Parenting Curriculum Research Database: Active Parenting: First Five Years is listed as a research-based curriculum and ranks in the lowest cost tier among parenting programs for the curriculum, materials, and training.

  • The acceptance of the First Five Years national research study for publication in a peer-reviewed journal qualifies it for inclusion on registries such as the California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse and others. Updates to follow.

Other research and support documents:

Active Parenting 4th Edition

Research published in peer-reviewed journals:

Listed on third-party websites of evidence-based programs:

  • California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)
  • Listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) from 2008-2017 (until this registry was discontinued by a new administration). Click for the report.

Other research and support documents:

Active Parenting of Teens / Paternidad Activa de Adolescentes

Research published in peer-reviewed journals:

Listed on third-party websites of evidence-based programs:

  • California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)
  • Listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) from 2008-2017 (when this registry was discontinued by a new administration). Click for the report.

Other research and support documents:

See Active Parenting 4th Edition, as many of these studies and evaluations included Active Parenting of Teens as well.

Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action

Research published in peer-reviewed journals:

Listed on third-party websites of evidence-based programs:

  • California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (CEBC)
  • Listed in the National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices (NREPP) from 2008-2017 (until this registry was discontinued by a new administration). Click for the report.
  • Listed in the OJJDP’s Model Programs Guide (MPG)
  • Listed in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Model Programs Guide (MPG). Click here for details.
  • Listed in CrimeSolutions.gov Click here for details.

Other research and support documents:

  • Quality Assurance Protocol available for your program
    The Quality Assurance Protocol is a 40-page document containing the same instructions and handouts used when doing research on the Families in Action program. If you need to do research, or to run your program in strict compliance with the protocol, this packet is for you. Click here to download.

Cooperative Parenting and Divorce

Research published in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Whitehurst, D. , O’Keefe, S. , Wilson, R. (2008). Divorced/Separated Parents in Conflict: Results from a True Experiment Effect of a Court Mandated Parent Education Program. Journal of Divorce & Remarriage. Volume 48, Issues 3 & 4, pages 127-144 (2008).

Other research and support documents: