Risk moderation of parent and child outcomes in a preventive intervention: a test and replication

Am J Orthopsychiatry. 1998 Oct;68(4):565-79. doi: 10.1037/h0080365.


Family risk-related variations in proximal parent and young adolescent outcomes of a universal family-focused preventive intervention were examined using a cumulative index of risk incorporating sociodemographic characteristics and social-emotional adjustment measures. Results of an initial investigation involving 209 families of young adolescents suggested that intervention efficacy was largely unrelated to cumulative family risk. These findings were replicated with a second sample of 428 families. Implications for future intervention applications and outcome research are discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adolescent Behavior*
  • Adult
  • Crime / prevention & control
  • Family Relations
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Parent-Child Relations*
  • Risk-Taking*
  • Substance-Related Disorders / prevention & control
  • Treatment Outcome