Connect©

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  • Teens (ages 13-18) icon
  • Young Adult (ages 19-24) icon
  • Adult (ages 25-64) icon
  • Seniors (ages 65+) icon
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Overview

Connect© is a 10-week principle-based program for parents and alternate caregivers of aggressive, antisocial and delinquent teens that integrates research on adolescent-parent attachment, adolescent development and effective parenting practices. The program focuses on the enhancement of the building blocks of secure attachment shown to affect child outcomes: parental reflective function, sensitivity, and adaptive dyadic affect regulation. The enhancement of competence in each of these domains supports parents to ‘reframe’ their adolescent’s behaviour and needs; modulate their emotional response to problem behaviour; and mindfully use parenting strategies to support their relationship with their adolescent while clearly setting limits and expectations. Connect© is based on extensive research findings confirming the importance of parent-youth relationships as a protective factor in healthy teen development, particularly in relation to aggressive, violent and antisocial behaviour. It also draws on evidence showing the effectiveness of attachment focused interventions for children with problem behaviour. Each session begins with a discussion of an attachment principle that helps parents understand attachment issues related to challenging interactions with their adolescent.

Several quasi-experimental evaluations of Connect have found it to result in reductions in externalizing and externalizing behaviours in youth. Some studies also found positive impacts on parents, such as improved parenting self-efficacy and confidence, improved parenting satisfaction and reductions in caregiver burden.

Connect© was developed in collaboration with the Maples Adolescent Treatment Center.

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