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Parents' Training

Quality level: 1


The programme aims to facilitate the parents' role within the family and to enable them to act as preventive agents actions against substance use.

Type of intervention:
Type of approach:
family/first childhood, community involvement
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Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation
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Overall objective

Parents' training with the aim to facilitate their role within the family and to enable them to act as preventive agents actions against substance use.


The Prevention Centre accepts requests from individual parents as well as from Parents' Associations to implement training programmes. In 1998-1999, interventions addressing parents had a four-month duration and took place on a weekly basis for two hours. The objectives of the programme are: a) acquisition of communication skills to enable parents to cope better with their role and improve the way they communicate within the family, b) assisting parents to draw boundaries in the relationship with their children, and c) acceptance of the individuality of each child. The target-population is the parents from the city of Rethymnon (Crete) as well as parents from the Parents' Associations of rural areas of the Prefecture, where the co-ordinator of the programme goes in order for the group meetings to take place. Out of 157 parents overall in 1998-1999, 76.4% reports that they have learnt to listen to their children more actively and show understanding to their needs. 84.1% mentions that they have managed to distinguish whether a problem concerns solely their children or not, and thus avoid to interfere. Finally, 61.1% of the parents reports that they have accepted the individuality of their children and observes that children have become more co-operative. Moreover, they report that they realized their need for further personal development and self-knowledge, as well as that they were assisted through the programme to accept themselves and to improve their self-esteem.

The PDF contains the full intervention description including additional contact information.


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