Adolescence is a time of enormous change for children and their parents. It can be exciting and enjoyable, but also challenging and unpredictable. The ABCD program believes that parents, not professionals, are best placed to make decisions about their children and family life. After all, parents know their children better than anyone else and are the only ones who can say whether strategies or solutions proposed by the program are possible or practical in their situation.

ABCD aims to provide information and ideas that can help parents decide on an approach to parenting their own adolescents and to come up with solutions to problems. The ABCD program is based on the principle of respect for the values and goals of families. All families are different and parents have different values and priorities. Rather than tell you what you should be aiming for, the program offers strategies that you can use to meet your own goals.

ABCD resources explain the ideas and strategies clearly so that you can make an informed decision. Tips and helpful information are provided as suggestions rather than instructions – it’s up to you to choose what you will take up and use.

The ABCD program is informed by evidence based on behavioural family intervention practice, and research fields that draw on child development and parenting, including:

  • cognitive psychology
  • psychopathology
  • social learning theory
  • self-regulation
  • acceptance theory.


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A selection of topics from ABCD parenting resources have been translated into the following languages:

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