Active Parenting: An evaluation of two Neo-Adlerian parenting programs

Foley, Y. C., Popkin, M. H., Mullis, F., Cooper, P. J.
Journal of Individual Psychology
Vol. 75 #4
2019

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Summary:
This study assessed the effects of Active Parenting Now [now called Active Parenting 4th Edition] and Active Parenting of Teens on parent observation of their children and teen’s behavior, parent attitudes and beliefs, and parent behaviors. There were 19 groups for Active Parenting Now (n = 170) and 7 groups for Active Parenting of Teens (n=60). Measures utilized include the Active Parenting Now Survey and the Active Parenting of Teens Survey. Results indicated that parents participating in Active Parenting Now courses exhibited a positive change in their own observation of their child’s behavior, in their attitudes and beliefs about parenting, and their own self-reported parenting behavior as compared to a control group of parents who had not yet taken the course. Parents taking the Active Parenting of Teens courses also exhibited a positive change in their own observations of teen behavior as well as their own parenting behavior as compared to a control group of parents who had not yet taken the course. Limitations include the lack of randomization, reliance on self-reported measures, and lack of follow-up.