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July/August 2019Vol. 20, No. 6Top Parenting Resources From Psychologists

Parents are eager for information that can help them better raise their children and address their concerns. Unfortunately, it can be difficult to find reliable, accurate information on the internet. Child welfare professionals are in a unique position to point parents toward good information as part of their prevention work for at-risk families. The American Psychological Association (APA), compiled a list of evidence-based, scientifically supported sites, programs, and books for parents.

Highlighted resources include the following:

  • is a clearinghouse for behavioral science information about children and adolescents and provides resources vetted by psychologists to ensure bias-free and accurate information.
  • is a website developed through a partnership between the APA and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies that offers information on symptoms and treatments for behavioral and mental health problems in children and youth. It helps parents answer the question, "Is this normal?"
  • The ACT Raising Safe Kids Program is an 8-week course developed by the APA's Violence Prevention Office that teaches parenting skills that create nurturing family environments and help prevent children's exposure to abuse. There is also a program for professionals.
  • ABCs of Child Rearing is a free, online parenting course that consists of 20 how-to videos with techniques to help parents address problem behaviors.
  • Resilience Booster: Parent Tip Tool is a website that provides tips for parents on building resilience and dealing with negative experiences.
  • Magination Press, which is part of the APA, offers more than 180 children's books for practitioners, parents, and caregivers to guide children though some of the challenges they may face growing up. While some are meant for professionals to use during practice, many are meant for children and parents to read together.

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