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Toronto Trials

From February 2009 to June 2011, supported by a grant from Health Canada, Parent Action on Drugs (PAD) worked with project partners to produce, implement and evaluate a shortened nine-week version of the Strengthening Families Program (a 14-week evidence-based program model developed by Dr. Karol Kumpfer of the University of Utah). PAD’s goal was to create an adapted program model that would be appropriate for participants in Ontario and that would be easier for families to commit to due to its shorter timeline.

The adapted version was delivered and evaluated in eight separate trials, involving a total of 69 families. The results were very promising.

  • Parents reported that they learned effective parenting skills, improved their communication skills and began to understand their teens better.
  • Youth felt they had developed improved personal skills (like self-awareness, anger management and responsibility), that family communications had improved and that they had a better relationship with their parents.
  • Youth behaviour showed improvement in six areas, the most important being in the reduction of substance abuse.
  • Both youth and parents were engaged by the program through its content and format. Of the 178 participants who began the program, 135 graduated—a completion rate of 76%.

To learn more about the program adaptation, research trial and evaluation of SFPY, see the SFPY Final Report.