Skills Training for Parents and Teens to Improve the Transition to High School This is a proposal to conduct a five-year experimental test of the efficacy of Boys Town's Common Sense Parenting(R) (CSP) program targeted toward a selective sample of 8th-grade students to improve the transition to high school. Both the standard program and a modified version that is supplemented with materials piloted by the Social Development Research Group from the Stepping Up to High School (SUTHS) curriculum will be evaluated. Based on social learning principles, CSP is a widely used parent-training preventive intervention that seeks to improve family management and family interactions, as well as reduce child problem behaviors. Based on the social development model, SUTHS is comprised of two family-focused sessions designed to improve the transition to high school by reducing risks for substance use, delinquency, HIV-related risky sex behavior, and school failure. The move to high school is a critical developmental transition that presents significant challenges to teens and their families, especially among students who are at-risk for school failure. The end of middle school, therefore, provides an important window of opportunity for intervention;however, few prevention programs are tailored to address the transition to high school among students who are demographically at risk for school failure. CSP and CSP+SUTHS represent promising family-based prevention programs for facilitating successful entry into high school. Eligible families will be randomly assigned to one of three conditions: a standard CSP program condition, a modified CSP plus SUTHS program condition, and a minimal contact control condition. This will provide a rigorous test of the standard CSP curriculum, which currently is being widely disseminated by Boys Town, while also allowing the examination of a modified version that provides potential enhancements for targeting the developmental transition from middle school to high school. Seeking to improve the transition to high school among students at risk for school failure and dropout helps fill a critical programming need and holds promise for reducing the significant costs associated with substance use and related problem behaviors.

Public Health Relevance

Skills Training for Parents and Teens to Improve the Transition to High School This project will test a widely disseminated prevention program, Common Sense Parenting(R), targeted toward a high risk sample of 8th-grade students to improve the transition to high school and reduce substance use and related problem behaviors. The standard program and a modified version that includes materials from the Stepping Up to High School curriculum will be evaluated, comparing the programs against one another and against a control condition. These programs, if effective, have potential for widespread and sustained dissemination through Boys Town, a large and long-standing service organization.

Agency
National Institute of Health (NIH)
Institute
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)
Type
Research Project (R01)
Project #
5R01DA025651-03
Application #
8281708
Study Section
Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section (PDRP)
Program Officer
Crump, Aria
Project Start
2010-08-15
Project End
2015-06-30
Budget Start
2012-07-01
Budget End
2013-06-30
Support Year
3
Fiscal Year
2012
Total Cost
$514,002
Indirect Cost
$12,007
Name
Father Flanagan's Boys' Home
Department
Type
DUNS #
073136806
City
Boys Town
State
NE
Country
United States
Zip Code
68010
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Mason, W Alex; January, Stacy-Ann A; Fleming, Charles B et al. (2016) Parent Training to Reduce Problem Behaviors over the Transition to High School: Tests of Indirect Effects through Improved Emotion Regulation Skills. Child Youth Serv Rev 61:176-183
Mason, W Alex; Fleming, Charles B; Ringle, Jay L et al. (2016) Prevalence of marijuana and other substance use before and after Washington State's change from legal medical marijuana to legal medical and nonmedical marijuana: Cohort comparisons in a sample of adolescents. Subst Abus 37:330-5
Skinner, Martie L; Haggerty, Kevin P; Casey-Goldstein, Mary et al. (2016) Focus Groups of Parents and Teens Help Develop Messages to Prevent Early Marijuana Use in the Context of Legal Retail Sales. Subst Use Misuse :1-8
Mason, W Alex; Fleming, Charles B; Gross, Thomas J et al. (2016) Randomized trial of parent training to prevent adolescent problem behaviors during the high school transition. J Fam Psychol 30:944-954
Mason, W Alex; Fleming, Charles B; Ringle, Jay L et al. (2015) Reducing Risks for Problem Behaviors During the High School Transition: Proximal Outcomes in the Common Sense Parenting Trial. J Child Fam Stud 24:2568-2578
Gross, Thomas J; Fleming, Charles B; Mason, W Alex et al. (2015) Alabama Parenting Questionnaire-9: Longitudinal Measurement Invariance Across Parents and Youth During the Transition to High School. Assessment :
Gross, Thomas J; Mason, W Alex; Parra, Gilbert et al. (2015) Adherence and Dosage Contributions to Parenting Program Quality. J Soc Social Work Res 6:467-489
Fleming, Charles B; Mason, W Alex; Haggerty, Kevin P et al. (2015) Predictors of participation in parenting workshops for improving adolescent behavioral and mental health: results from the common sense parenting trial. J Prim Prev 36:105-18
Mason, W A; Hanson, Koren; Fleming, Charles B et al. (2015) Washington State recreational marijuana legalization: parent and adolescent perceptions, knowledge, and discussions in a sample of low-income families. Subst Use Misuse 50:541-5

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