Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

NNEDLearn 2012 Training Track: Strengthening Families Program: For Parents and Youth 10-14

The Strengthening Families Program (SFP 10-14) is a parent, youth, and family skills-building curriculum designed to prevent teen substance abuse and other behavior problems, strengthen parenting skills, and build family strengths. The program has been designed and used with ethnically diverse families in rural and urban settings.

SFP 10-14 has been proven effective in

  • Delaying the onset of adolescent substance use
  • Lowering levels of aggression
  • Increasing the resistance to peer pressure in youth
  • Increasing the ability of parents/caregivers to set appropriate limits and show affection to and support of their children

Population of focus

Youth and parents


The program is delivered with seven sessions for parents, youth (10-14 years old), and families using realistic videos, role-playing, discussions, learning games, and family projects. In addition to schools and prevention agencies, other groups have successfully used the program, including churches, Native American groups, Asian families (Hmong), Hispanic groups, including non-English speaking parents, and families with mental health problems.



Program Coordinator Cathy Hockaday, Ph.D.
1087 Le Baron Hall, Iowa State University, Ames, IA. 50011