Parents Anonymous Outcome Evaluation: Promising Findings for Child Maltreatment Reduction

Parents Anonymous(R) mutual support groups for parents are aimed at strengthening families and reducing child maltreatment. NCCD performed a national evaluation to assess whether parent participation in Parents Anonymous(R) was associated with change in child maltreatment outcomes and in risk and protective factors. The study sought to answer the question: Does Parents Anonymous(R) work to reduce the risk of child maltreatment and, if so, for all parents or for some more than others? The results of this evaluation show that parents were positively affected in a variety of important ways by their experience with Parents Anonymous(R).