EcoFIT and the Family Check-Up originated in the Adolescent Transitions Program (ATP), a multilevel family-centered intervention developed in the earlier work of CFC researchers. The ATP was tested across a number of randomized trials at the middle school level and found long-term outcomes associated with reductions in substance use, arrest rate, school failure, and truancy. The intervention was also found to directly affect parental monitoring and family relationships, which mediate later changes in rates of problem behavior.
The Adolescent Transitions Program has been rated as
- “Best Practice” by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention
- “Exemplary” by Strengthening America’s Families
- “Proven to be Effective” by the National Institute on Drug Abuse
- “Exemplary” by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention
ATP is described in the National Institute on Drug Abuse Red Book: Preventing Drug Use among Children and Adolescents: A Research-Based Guide for Parents, Educators, and Community Leaders (2nd ed.)