Contemporary Family Therapy

, Volume 29, Issue 3, pp 129–145 | Cite as

An Evaluation of a Holistic Program for at-Risk Teens and Their Parents

  • Kathleen A. Moore
  • M. Scott Young
  • John M. Weir
  • Ezra Ochshorn
Original Paper


Increasing evidence indicates that adolescent behavior problems are related to family functioning. In general, findings have demonstrated the family’s critical role in facilitating developmental outcomes. This study evaluated a 6-week holistic program for at-risk teens and their parents entitled Creating a Responsible Thinker at baseline, post-test, and 3-month follow-up. Results demonstrated gender differences in the program’s effects on self-efficacy, specifically increased self-efficacy for females and reduced self-efficacy among males. Follow-up results suggested that teens reported better communication with their parents. These results underscore the appropriateness of a family-based approach to treatment for at-risk teens and their parents.


Holistic program Family functioning Adolescent behavioral problems 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Kathleen A. Moore
    • 1
  • M. Scott Young
    • 1
  • John M. Weir
    • 1
  • Ezra Ochshorn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Mental Health Law and Policy, Florida Mental Health InstituteUniversity of South FloridaTampaUSA

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