Family intervention projects and the efficacy of parenting interventions

Judy Nixon and Sadie Parr

in Prevention and youth crime

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2008 | ISBN: 9781847422637
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303060 | DOI:
Family intervention projects and the efficacy of parenting interventions

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Family intervention projects (FIPs), first pioneered by the Dundee Families Project in the mid-1990s and subsequently developed by a small number of English local authorities in 2003–2004, play an important role in the government agenda to foster a ‘new approach to the most challenging families’ in the United Kingdom. This chapter explores the benefits and drawbacks of increased state intervention in family life by focusing on the lived material realities of FIP practices viewed through the lens of parents' (usually mothers') experiences. First, it discusses how FIPs might be located as a form of ‘early intervention’. It then outlines which families form the target group for this type of intervention before providing a detailed analysis of project practices as they relate to parenting skills training. Reflecting on parents' views on the impact of parenting interventions, the chapter considers what it is about engaging parents in parenting/household skills training that might work to improve young people's life chances.

Keywords: United Kingdom; family intervention projects; family life; early intervention; parenting skills training; parenting interventions; parents; young people

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