Journal of Family Violence

, Volume 32, Issue 2, pp 243–255 | Cite as

Parent Perceptions of Participating in a Program for Adolescents Who Are Violent at Home

  • Julia R. CorrellEmail author
  • Sarah Cusworth Walker
  • Todd C. Edwards
Original Article


Child-to-parent abuse (CPA) is an under-addressed form of family violence and relatively few resources are available for families experiencing CPA. The Step-Up program is a CPA-specific, family-level, group format intervention program in King County, Washington. Qualitative and long-term research on CPA intervention programs is lacking, and it is unknown how parents perceive the effects of participating in Step-Up after program completion. Fifteen parents who completed Step-Up with their adolescent child participated in individual semi-structured telephone or in-person interviews. Participants were asked about their perceptions of the effects of Step-Up participation, how they and their child have used skills taught in the program, and which program features were most and least effective. Participants expressed largely positive effects of participating in Step-Up, including decreased violent behavior by their adolescents and improved parent-child relationships. Recommendations for improving Step-Up included the inclusion of follow-up sessions to further reinforce behavior change and increased program accessibility.


Child-to-parent abuse Violent youth Intervention program Skill-based curriculum 



The authors would like to sincerely thank all the parents who kindly participated in this study and shared their families’ stories, as well as Lily Anderson and Greg Routt of the Step-Up program.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Julia R. Correll
    • 1
    Email author
  • Sarah Cusworth Walker
    • 1
  • Todd C. Edwards
    • 1
  1. 1.University of WashingtonSeattleUSA

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