Parent Education: What We Know and Moving Forward for Greatest Impact

Amanda Sheffield Morris, Jens E. Jespersen, Kelly T. Cosgrove, Erin L. Ratliff, Kara L. Kerr

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The available literature on parent education is growing rapidly. With numerous sources indicating that quality parenting is one of the best predictors of one's developmental trajectory across the lifespan, it has become increasingly necessary to identify the most effective programs and tools for supporting parenting skills and promoting positive child development. In this article, we describe key aspects of the best evidence-based practices in the current parent education literature, including program implementation, program content, common themes, and an overview of some of the most promising parent education programs available for early childhood, middle childhood, and adolescence. Conclusions and suggestions for future work and applications are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)520-542
Number of pages23
JournalFamily Relations
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2020


  • adolescence
  • early childhood
  • middle childhood
  • parent education
  • parenting


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