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Evaluation of Nurturing Parenting Programs

The Nurturing Programs utilize an evidence-based evaluation,  the Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory (AAPI-2). which was designed to assess the parenting and child rearing attitudes of adult and adolescent parent and pre-parent populations.  Based on the known parenting and child rearing behaviors of abusive parents, responses to the Inventory provide an index of risk for practicing behaviors known to be attributable to child abuse and neglect.  As such, responses on the AAPI-2 provide an index of risk (high, medium, low) for practicing abusive and neglecting parenting and child rearing behaviors.  The AAPI-2 is useful in assessing individual strengths and weaknesses involved in child rearing.  The AAPI-2 is the revised and re-normed version of the original version first developed in 1979.  Over 30 years of research has gone into refining the AAPI-2.

The following are the constructs measured by the AAPI-2:

  • Appropriate Expectations of Children
  • Parental Empathy Towards Children’s Needs
  • Use of Corporal Punishment
  • Reversal of Parent-Child Family Roles
  • Children’s Power and Independence

Click here to see a sample participant profile which plots pre- and post-class AAPI-2 results.  Each participant meets individually with staff at the end of the program and receives a copy along with recommendations for continued growth.

Go to for detailed information on the evidence-base for Nurturing Parenting Programs and the AAPI-2.

North Dakota Program Data:

2018-19 Report

2018-19 Impact Statement

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