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Awarded Cooperative Agreement to Prevent Violence and Violence-Related Injury

Alternatives for Families III: Retention Enhancement

FOA Number: CE02-123: Parenting Program Attrition and Compliance Efficacy Trial
Project Period: 09/30/02 – 09/29/06
Application/Grant Number: U49-CCU622338-01
Principal Investigator: Mark Chaffin, Ph.D.
University of OK Health Sciences Center
Director, Office of Research Administration
Ouhsc Lib 121
P.O. Box 26901
Oklahoma City, OK 73190
Phone: 405-271-8858
Fax: 405-271-2931


Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) is comparing the effect of a group motivational enhancement approach (ME) based on principles of motivational interviewing with standard parent orientation services (OS). Researchers will examine the effects of ME and OS on participation and retention in two different parenting programs (i.e., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and standard agency services). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) is a dyadic parent-child intervention focused on improving parent-child relationships and parents’ child management skills. Standard agency services consist of a parenting skills and knowledge group and a supplemental parent anger management group. Participating families are referred based on their risk for child physical abuse (e.g., substantiated incidents of physical abuse). A double-randomization design will be used for analyses of the individual and combined impact of the different parenting interventions on family outcomes.