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  1. Evidence for Program Improvement
  2. Social Competence Family Relations and Parenting Skills
  3. Increase Frequency of Sessions Over Longer Periods of Time

Increase Frequency of Sessions Over Longer Periods of Time

Increase Frequency of Sessions Over Longer Periods of Time

Family relations and parenting skills interventions need sufficient length and intensity to support the development of parenting skills and youth social skills. A combination of intervention length and more frequent contact is important – our analysis indicated that it is not enough to meet with parents, families, and children over a long period of time without frequent (i.e., more than once per week) contact. Likewise, it is not enough to meet many times per week if the intervention lasts only a short time.

Family relationships are complex, and interventions targeting family relations or parenting skills may require longer periods of time to produce changes in children’s social skills -- especially if they focus primarily on skills training for parents. Family relations and parenting skills interventions also may benefit from more frequent opportunities to reinforce and practice skills. Moreover, higher intensity interventions allow for a trusting relationship to be built between provider and participant, which can help engage participants and retain them over longer time periods. Many, though not all, of the interventions in our analysis took place in community settings. If your family relations and parenting skills intervention takes place in a school setting, you may have limited ability to align with this recommendation. Increasing the length and frequency of the intervention will be contingent on the flexibility of the school’s schedule and the strength of your relationship with school administration.