Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT)

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Overview

Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) is a universal prevention program for school-aged boys and girls and their parents. The program was designed to prevent the developmental of youth antisocial behaviors by positively influencing interactions within highly influential social arenas, namely between youth and parent(s) in the home, between youth and peers in the classroom and on the playground, and between parents and teachers about youth. The LIFT program is comprised of 20 1-hour sessions spread across a 10-week period. Each session includes four parts:

  1. Classroom instruction and discussion on specific social and problem-solving skills
  2. Skills practice in small and large groups
  3. Free play in the context of group cooperation game
  4. Review and presentation of daily rewards

In addition, a parent component focuses on teaching parents how to create home environment that is most conducive to the ongoing practice of good discipline and supervision. Parents meet in groups consisting of 10-15 families once a week for 6 weeks. The program is designed for delivery to children in the first and fifth grades can be delivered by classroom teachers, school counselors or psychologists or trained and experienced laypersons.

LIFT has been evaluated in one longitudinal randomized controlled trial involving 12 schools with high rates of delinquency. It was found to decrease physical aggression towards classmates, improve positive social behaviours, and improve positive parenting behaviours. A three-year follow up, LIFT delayed the time that participants first became involved with antisocial peers during middle school, as well as the time to first patterned alcohol and marijuana use, and to first police arrest.

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