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Make Parenting A Pleasure Evaluation Summaries

2015 Clinical Trial

A  clinical trial, completed Spring 2015, demonstrated that Make Parenting A Pleasure® is effective in improving outcomes for stressed families. This study was a randomized clinical trial, with a wait-list control condition involving a sample of 59 matched participants with children aged birth to 8 years of age. Outcomes included improved symptoms of parental depression, improved parenting skills and knowledge of child development. Read the complete report here.

2012 Evaluation

A non-experimental evaluation of Make Parenting A Pleasure® by Colorado State University Extension was conducted with a subject group of 746 parents. Findings at the 24-month follow-up assessment show significant improvements in long term outcomes in the following areas:

* Note: Over 50% of the families were Spanish speaking and were offered our Spanish Adaptation of Make Parenting A Pleasure, Haga de la Paternidad un Placer®. 


Enhancing the Skills of Parents Program II (ESPPII) 2006-2011

Between 2006 and 2011, 1170 families participated in a Make Parenting A Pleasure group through 18 ESPPII funded sites. Of those, 67 families attended sessions which were offered in Spanish. Participants were asked to complete The Parenting Skills Ladder, a validated retrospective post-test evaluation tool developed by Oregon State University. The results showed a statistically significant improvement in all areas measured including:


The Federal Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention named Make Parenting A Pleasure (MPAP) as a national family-strengthening model after a rigorous review. It is also listed on the Western CAPT Best Practice website.

There have been two empirically designed evaluations of the Make Parenting A Pleasure Program, one when the curriculum was completed in 1996, and one in 1999, as a dissertation project.

1999 Evaluation

Design: Seventy-four participants were randomly assigned to a wait list or one of six MPAP groups.

Post hoc analysis showed significant results in:

Parenting Sense of Competence (POSOC) – parents showed an increase in self-esteem and in positive feelings about their parenting.

Parenting Scale (PS) – parents showed a decrease in inappropriate discipline practices.

In addition, those who scored in the clinical range on having problems with their child(ren) at pretest reported a significant reduction in over-reactivity, verbosity, and laxness when interacting with their children after the completion of the MPAP class.


1996 Preliminary Evaluation

Design: Fifty-two subjects participated either in one of two MPAP groups or were in a wait list group.

Significant results on:

Parent Stress Index (PSI) – less parental stress and less stress between partners.

Child Abuse Potential Inventory (CAPI) – a decrease in abuse potential, in parental stress, in parenting rigidity, and an increase in unhappiness.