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Developmental Etiology of Externalizing Problems

Family Check-Up Program

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Project Overview:

The lingering impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted families adversely in multiple ways, including economic stressors, mental health-related functioning, and social/familial functioning, making family-based programs more valuable than ever. This project is designed to further examine the efficacy of a web-based version of the universal Family Check-Up prevention program, which is an empirically-supported, parent-focused program designed to promote resilience and improve family functioning among parents of middle school-aged youth (grades 6-8th). 

This project will examine whether the FCO program produces improvements in positive parenting practices, reductions in parental emotional distress, and reductions in youth emotional/behavioral problems when delivered as a universal prevention program for parents of 6th-8th grade at public Title 1 (>50% of students eligible for free/reduced lunch) schools in Arizona. We will also examine whether the structure parent coaching support component of the program helps to improve the program's effectiveness relative to a parent-initiated support condition.