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Parents Anonymous: Strengthening Families
(NCJ 171120) April 1999
OJJDP Family Strengthening Series, Bulletin, 12 page(s)
Rafael, T., Pion-Berlin, L.
Discusses the effectiveness of Parents AnonymousSM, which responds to the diverse needs of families by providing group meetings in communities across the country. Founded through the efforts of a mother who sought help in providing a safe home for her children and a social worker who believed that parents are their own best agents of change, Parents AnonymousSM programs are based on four guiding principles: parent leadership, mutual support, shared leadership, and personal growth. This Bulletin, part of OJJDP's Family Strengthening Series, introduces the program's components, provides a participant profile, examines the structure of Parents AnonymousSM meetings, and reviews research that indicate the program's efficacy.
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