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Strengthening Families Program 10-14 Added to National Database


AMES, Iowa -- An Iowa State University Extension program has been recognized by the National 4-H Headquarters, Cooperative State Research, Extension and Education Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.


The Strengthening Families Program for Parents and Youth 10-14 (SFP 10-14) now is part of the National 4-H Programs of Distinction database, (http://www.national4-hheadquarters.gov/about/pod.htm).  Programs of Distinction is a searchable Web-based database containing descriptions of high quality youth development programs in communities across the United States.


SFP 10-14 helps parents reduce the risks that expose their children to dangerous situations and lead to substance use and antisocial activities, said Marilyn Bode, an ISU Extension family life specialist who works with the program. Children gain skills to help them resist the peer pressure that leads to dangerous behaviors.


“SFP 10-14 also helps parents improve their relationship with their children and decrease the likelihood of family conflict and risky adolescent behaviors,” Bode said.


“We’re pleased that National 4-H has added SFP 10-14 to its national database,” added JaneAnn Stout, director of ISU Extension to Families. “This connection will help us make the program available to a wider audience so that more families can get help protecting their children from serious behavior problems.”


Iowa State University has evaluated the Strengthening Families Program 10–14 with hundreds of families, Bode continued. When participating families were compared with families who were not in the program

  • Participating youth had significantly lower rates of alcohol, tobacco, and marijuana use.
  • Participating youth had significantly fewer conduct problems in school.
  • Participating parents improved their skills, including building a positive relationship with their children, setting appropriate limits and following through on consequences.

These results have continued years after youth have completed the program, Bode said.


The Strengthening Families Program 10–14 has been used with thousands of families throughout the United States and in several other countries, Stout said. The National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, and the U.S. Department of Education have recognized SFP 10-14 for its positive effects on youth.


For more information, visit the Strengthening Families Program 10–14 Web site or contact any Iowa State University Extension county office.



Contacts :

Marilyn Bode, Human Development and Family Studies, (515) 294-5327, mbode@iastate.edu

JaneAnn Stout, ISU Extension to Families, (515) 294-0863, janeann@iastate.edu

Laura Sternweis, Extension Communications and Marketing, (515) 294-0775, lsternwe@iastate.edu