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Impact of the Resilient Families intervention on adolescent antisocial behavior: 14-month follow-up within a randomized trial


  • Shaykhi, Farzin
  • Ghayour-Minaie, Matin
  • Toumbourou, John W.


Antisocial behaviors are common in adolescence. Family centred school-based interventions are attractive models for assisting adolescent populations. This study evaluated the impact of a universal family intervention implemented in Australian schools, on adolescent antisocial behavior. Year 7 students (57% female; M = 12.3 years, the first year of secondary school) in 12 randomly assigned schools, completed a survey in 2004 and were longitudinally followed in 2005 (n = 2042). Multivariate regression analysis revealed that exposure to the intervention did not significantly predict reductions in antisocial behavior across the whole-school population. However, significantly lower increases were evident for the sub-group of adolescents whose parents attended the parent-education activities. Given that 13% of intervention families attended the parent education events, future research should aim to increase parent attendance in school-based interventions.

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  • Shaykhi, Farzin & Ghayour-Minaie, Matin & Toumbourou, John W., 2018. "Impact of the Resilient Families intervention on adolescent antisocial behavior: 14-month follow-up within a randomized trial," Children and Youth Services Review, Elsevier, vol. 93(C), pages 484-491.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:cysrev:v:93:y:2018:i:c:p:484-491
    DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.08.021

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    1. Heerde, Jessica A. & Curtis, Ashlee & Bailey, Jennifer A. & Smith, Rachel & Hemphill, Sheryl A. & Toumbourou, John W., 2019. "Reciprocal associations between early adolescent antisocial behavior and depressive symptoms: A longitudinal study in Victoria, Australia and Washington State, United States," Journal of Criminal Justice, Elsevier, vol. 62(C), pages 74-86.


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