Extension to offer 'Strengthening Families Program'
Friday, 12 January 2018 22:41

Purdue Extension will offer the "Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14" locally in February and March. 

Parents want to protect their children, but it’s challenging. Youth need skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to risky behaviors. Research shows that protective parenting improves family relationships and decreases the level of family conflict, contributing to lower levels of substance use.

The World Health Organization named Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 the No. 1 prevention program out of 6,000 programs analyzed for long-term effects on substance use and misuse.

This evidence-based parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum has been proven to delay the onset of adolescent substance use, lower levels of aggression in youth, increase the resistance to peer pressure in youth and reduce youth conduct problems in school.

Additionally, the program improves parent skills including building a positive relationship with their youth, setting appropriate limits, and following through on consequences, while showing love and support for their children.

Developed for parents and youth ages 10-14, the program is led by three certified facilitators with separate sessions for youth and parents and then families together and consists of seven two-hour sessions with dinner provided.

The program builds communication and allows parents and youth to practice skills with learning games and family projects while having fun.

Not only does Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) benefit families, but it also benefits the community. For every dollar spent on SFP 10-14, $9.60 comes back to the community as benefits in the form of less jail time, less time off work, and less time in treatment. Source: Spoth, Guyll, & Day (2002). Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 63, 210-228.

Hear about the impact of Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14 from family members that participated in the program, and facilitators, by watching the video at http://www.purdue.edu/hhs/extension/programs. Or contact Mandy Medbourn, Purdue Extension HHS Educator, at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 574-946- 3412 to sign up for the program to begin in February.


Article from Purdue Extension, Pulaski County