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About Our Program


The Strengthening Families Program (SFP) was developed by Dr. Karol Kumpfer, professor at the University of Utah.  Initial evaluation of SFP began in 1982 with a research grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA).  The research consisted of 12 randomized control trials, four with independent research teams with up to 10-year follow-up studies.  Results found SFP works to positively change behavior and outcomes.  SFP has since been evaluated more than 17 times on Federal grants and 150 times on State grants by independent evaluators. As a consequence, SFP has been listed as a model or an evidence-based program (EBP) on the registers of many federal and state agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), U.S. Department of Education, and Utah Department of Human Services


A three year evaluation (2011-2014) of the UVU Strengthening Families Program was conducted in cooperation with Dr Kumpfer and University of Utah graduate students.  It was found that families in the program made significant improvements in family unity, positive communication, positive parenting skills and parent-child relationships along with a decrease in family conflict. Children and teens made significant improvement in social skills including a reduction of misconduct and aggression.  In addition they experienced reductions in depression and anxiety.


Dr. Kumpfer's Research