Research & Evaluations of ACT Raising Safe Kids

ACT has been named a Model Program in the Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP’s) Model Programs Guide. More information at

ACT Against Violence Parents Raising Safe Kids Program: Effects on Maltreatment-Related Parenting Behaviors and Beliefs (2011). By Knox, Michele; Kimberly Burkhart and Kimberly E. Hunter. (Journal of Family Issues 2011 32:55-74)

Something to Celebrate, 2011. By Dr. Gwendolyn Puryear Keita, APA executive director for the public interest. (APA Monitor on Psychology May 2011, 42 (5) 45)

Pilot Evaluation of the ‘ACT Parents Raising Safe Kids’ Violence Prevention Program (2010 April 29). By Howe, T., Porter, B. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1(3), 193-206

Better Parenting: An APA-Sponsored Violence Prevention Program Improves Parents’ Skills and Decreases Their Use of Harsh Discipline, an Independent Study Finds. Dec.2010. By Novotney, A. Monitor on Psychology, 41(11), 48.

ACT Against Violence: A Multi-Site Evaluation of the Parent Raising Safe Kids Program. May 2010. By Weymouth, L. Humboldt State University: Psychology Department. (available on request from ACT-NE Regional Training Center

These studies by the CDC site components of successful parenting programs of which ACT RSK has all:

Kaminski, Jennifer Wyatt & Linda Anne Valle, Jill H. Filene & Cynthia L. Boyle (2009)  A Meta-analytic Review of Components Associated with Parent Training Program Effectiveness. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology (2008) 36:567–589 & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 2007

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Parent Training Programs: Insight for Practitioners. Atlanta (GA): Centers for Disease Control; 2009.