Research Results

Social Work Research
“Development and Validation of a Wraparound Parent Partner Fidelity Tool.” We are pleased to share with you our latest research article published in a premier, peer-reviewed journal: Development and Validation of a Wraparound Parent Partner Fidelity Tool, Social Work Research, June 4, 2013. This groundbreaking research is the only research of its kind to ensure the role of the Wraparound Parent Partner in thousands of programs nationwide to strengthen families with children with mental health diagnoses.

National Prevention Evaluation
“Preventing Child Abuse and Neglect: A National Evaluation of Parents Anonymous® Groups,” Child Welfare, Vol. 89, No. 6, 43-62 (2010). National Outcome Study demonstrating the evidence of prevention of child abuse and neglect results for Parents who participate in Parents Anonymous® weekly support groups nationwide measuring significant decreases in risk factors (parental stress, life stress, domestic violence, and alcohol/drug usage); increases in protective factors (quality of life, social support, parenting sense of competence, nonviolent discipline, and family functioning) and for those parents with issues, significant reduction in parental distress, rigidity, and psychological and physical aggression towards children.

Preventing Delinquency Research
“Parents Anonymous® Outcome Evaluation: Promising Findings for Child Maltreatment Reduction.” Journal of Juvenile Justice, Vol. 1, Issue 1, 33-47.2011. The results of the National study conducted by the National Council on Crime and Delinquency measured the positive effects of continued involvement in a Parents Anonymous® group for a diverse population nationwide. An expanded qualitative study of Latino mothers and fathers validated all quantitative results and added depth key aspects of the intervention including self-ethos, empowerment, and positive impacts on educational goals, economic stability and marital harmony.

Evidence-Based Clearinghouse
Parents Anonymous® Group (Rating 3, Relevance to Child Welfare) in The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare (2010). The premier clearinghouse with scientific review and clinical relevance to listing evidence-based practice based on published, peer-reviewed research ensuring that the best interventions are available and utilized with families.

Evidence on Strengthening Families
Parents Anonymous® Evidence Supports the Strengthening Families Approach (2011). This research paper demonstrates how the research on the effectiveness of Parents Anonymous® Programs to prevent child abuse and neglect provides valuable evidence for the Strengthening Families approach hinged by five protective factors: parental resilience, social connections, knowledge of parenting and child development, concrete support in times of need, and children’s social and emotional competence. As a National Partner and highlighted program, Parents Anonymous® provides valuable evidence-based research for the prevention of child maltreatment.

Shared Leadership® Research

Pathways to Shared Leadership® (2005). Shared Leadership® in Action Program Explores focuses on improved parent leadership and practice strategies, increased program effectiveness and meaningful systems change. There are seven components of Shared Leadership® in Action: Assessment & Planning; Development and maintenance of organizational shared leadership® structures; On-going coaching and technical assistance; Supports for Parent Leaders and Staff; and On-going recruitment; Evaluation. Research results from Shared Leadership® in Action demonstrate increased knowledge, skills and abilities and new opportunities, organizational culture change and improved services for families.

Parent Leadership Research
Research On Parent Leadership: Significance and Findings, (2001). Ethnographic research results provide the conceptual framework for parent leadership. Culturally diverse parent leaders shape the process model of leadership development. Based on the Kouzes and Posner’s Leadership Potential Inventory, measured five leadership practices and actual behaviors through a new validated instrument: Leadership Practice & Behavior Inventory (2001) with hundreds of parent leaders and staff working with numerous service sectors working with families: child welfare, education, mental health and prevention.

Parent Engagement Research
Parent Engagement Summary Report (2010). The California Parent Engagement Center catalogs and analyzes meaningful parent engagement programs, strategies, trainings and system change initiatives to promote the replication of parent engagement and new research questions to further positive results. A Data Summary Report highlights vital trends and research results with recommendations for implementation, fidelity and evaluation.

Parent Partner Research
Partnering With Parents: Promising Approaches to Improve Reunification Outcomes for Children in Foster Care (2009). This evaluation research was conducted by Elizabeth K. Anthony, Jill Duerr Berrick, Ed Cohen and Elizabeth Wilder at the Center for Social Services Research, School of Social Welfare, University of California at Berkeley, on the Contra Costa Parent Partner Program demonstrated some promise to shorten time in care for child welfare involved families based on the evidence of peer to peer support such as Parents Anonymous® Executive Summary and Final Report

Advocacy Research
From the Courthouse to the Statehouse: Parents as Partners in Child Welfare, Diane Boyd Rauber, American Bar Association, (2010). The ground breaking work of the State Parent Leadership Team to make significant policy, program and practice changes to create better outcomes for families involved in the child welfare system are highlighted. The Bill of Rights by the National Coalition on Parent Advocacy in Child Protective Services focuses on key issues and results by Parents (previously involved in the system) working as Parent Partners, Parent Advocates, and Parent Mentors to help families in the child welfare system.