The Strengthening Washington D.C. Families Project: Recruitment and Retention Results

Penny Beatty, University of Maryland at College Park
Danielle Polizzi Fox, University of Maryland at College Park
Denise C. Gottfredson, University of Maryland at College Park

ABSTRACT
The Strengthening Washington D.C. Families Project examines the effectiveness of a family-focused parent training program in an urban setting. This research endeavor was funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and was a collaboration between the University of Maryland, University of Utah, and the Metropolitan Council of Governments. The Strengthening Families Program (SFP; Kumpfer, DeMarsh, and Child, 1989) was implemented across Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia from 1998 through 2003. Families with a child between the ages of 7 and 11 years of age were eligible to participate in the program, the sample was primarily African American. Pretested families were randomly assigned into one of four groups (complete family training, parent training only, child training only, or a minimal condition). This paper analyzes the predictors of attrition for 715 families enrolled in the study. It identifies challenges that arose during program implementation and provides recommendations to improve program participation in future programs.

(Return to Program Resources)

Updated 05/20/2006