Adventures in Parenting

The Adventures in Parenting study was designed to assess a variety of approaches to disseminating and translating empirical information to parents of young children.

Research Overview

Participants were randomly assigned to one of three intervention conditions: participants in the "face-to-face condition" were invited to attend 12 parent education sessions based on the booklet; and participants in the "web-based condition" were invited to access 12 web-based education sessions. The Self-report data were gathered at an initial assessment and again at 3,6,9, and 12 months after the initial visit.  After the first interview, Self-report measures administered at all assessments were designed to assess whether the Adventures in Parenting booklet and/or supplemental intervention improved participants' knowledge of RPM3 principles as well as a variety of other topics such as whether engagement in the intervention was related to changes in knowledge of RPM3 principles and whether individual difference variables could account for variations in treatment gains.

Funded By

Administration for Children and Families (90XP0056-01)

Age Group

  • Adults
  • Preschooler
  • Toddlers


  • John G. Borkowski, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame
  • Shannon S. C. Bert, Ph.D., University of Oklahoma
  • Jaelyn R. Farris, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Research Impact


Bert, S.C., Farris, J. R., & Borkowski, J. G. (2008). Parent training: Implementation strategies for "Adventures in Parenting." Journal of Primary Prevention, 29, 243-261.

The Adventures in Parenting website is now available for public use.  The Adventures in Parenting booklet may be ordered free of charge through NICHD at the following website:  www.

Research Themes