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Table 1 ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents Program Overview

From: A randomised controlled trial of the efficacy of the ABCD Parenting Young Adolescents Program: rationale and methodology

Theme Objective Content
Developing understanding/empathy for adolescents To provide participants with an understanding of the developmental and social challenges facing adolescents and their parents during the transition from childhood to adulthood.
To increase parental empathy for their adolescent
To assist parents to identify their core values relating to parenting and establish concrete actionable goals.
Understanding Adolescence (Session 1)
Parenting Traps (Session 1)
Identifying Family Values (Session 2)
Building strong relationships: For participants to have a clear a clear understanding of the importance of establishing and maintaining a positive parent-adolescent relationship.
For participants to practice a range of strategies for building and enhancing their skills for connecting and communicating with their adolescents.
Connecting (Session 2)
Positive Feedback (Session 2)
Communicating (Session 3)
Building adolescent responsibility and autonomy For parents to be able to effectively use a model for establishing boundaries around their own and their adolescent's behaviour.
To provide parents with skills for dealing with problems arising with their adolescent.
To provide parents with strategies for backing up agreements and/or parent decisions.
To assist parents to identify, prevent and/or manage potential risk-related problems facing their adolescent.
Boundaries (Session 4)
Problem Solving (Session 4 & 5)
Setting Limits (Session 5)
Monitoring (Session 5)
Problem Solving and Risk Taking (Session 6)
Parental Self-Care For parents to develop a range of options for maintaining their own well-being.
To provide parents with a range of information regarding seeking help.
Dealing with Strong Emotions (Session 5 & 6)
Self Care (Session 6)
Getting Support (Session 6)