Parenting Interventions Implementation Science: How Delivery Format Impacts the Parenting Wisely Program

Katie L. Cotter, Martica Bacallao, Paul R. Smokowski, Caroline I.B. Robertson

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Objectives: This study examines the implementation and effectiveness of Parenting Wisely, an Internet-based parenting skills intervention. The study assesses whether parents benefit from Parenting Wisely participation and whether the delivery format influences program effectiveness. Method: This study uses a quasi-experimental design. Participating parents (N = 144) come from a rural, impoverished, ethnically diverse county in a Southeastern state. The intervention is delivered via four formats: parentsonly intensive workshop, parents-only 5-week group, parent and adolescent 5-week group, and parent and adolescent online format. Results: Findings show an association between Parenting Wisely participation and improvements in family problem solving, family roles, family involvement, parenting self-efficacy, parenting sense of competence, and decreased adolescent violent behavior. Effect sizes vary by delivery format. Conclusion: Positive program effects vary by delivery format and outcome. Practice implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)639-650
Number of pages12
JournalResearch on Social Work Practice
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Internet-based intervention
  • implementation
  • parenting
  • prevention
  • rural

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • General Psychology


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