Active Parenting of Teens: Teens in Action

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Active Parenting of Teens: Teens in Action (Teens in Action) is an education program that adapts Active Parenting: Families in Action (Families in Action) for teens ages 11–16. Teens in Action is delivered in teen-only groups using the content from the teen group sessions of Families in Action with minor modifications in session facilitation. In addition to preventing risk-taking behaviors, Teens in Action aims to help teens develop communication skills, independence, and responsibility. 


Teens in Action includes up to six structured session topics: (1) how to survive and thrive, which includes the importance of mutual respect and the power of choice; (2) cooperation and communication; (3) responsibility and discipline; (4) building courage and self-esteem; and (5 & 6) understanding the risks of drugs, sexuality, and violence, and risk prevention strategies. Class leaders present session content to teen groups through various mediums, such as leader presentations, PowerPoint slides, video vignettes, group discussions, role play and practice activities, and guidebook review. Home practice is supported with a workbook and online videos. 

Teens in Action does not currently meet criteria to receive a rating because no studies met eligibility criteria for review.

Date Research Evidence Last Reviewed: Dec 2022


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Target Population

Teens in Action is designed for teens ages 11–16.


Teens in Action is typically delivered in six weekly 2-hour sessions. A class leader delivers the program to groups of teens. Program content can be implemented flexibly, including delivering only the first four sessions or delivering the first three or four sessions as a unit with remaining sessions scheduled as a follow-up course. 

Location/Delivery Setting
Recommended Locations/Delivery Settings

Teens in Action is delivered in school settings or community-based organizations. Class leaders typically conduct sessions in person, though virtual delivery options are available. 

Education, Certifications and Training

Implementing organizations may set educational requirements for class leaders. Formal training is not required, though class leader training workshops are available and consist of a 1-day, 7-hour live training webinar or a self-study class with video, reading, and discussion tools. 

Class leaders who have completed the training workshop can complete a formal certification process, though certification is not required to deliver the program. To become certified, a class leader must lead an Active Parenting class, administer class participant evaluation forms, complete a self-evaluation form, and send materials to the developer for approval. 

Program or Service Documentation
Book/Manual/Available documentation used for review

Popkin, M. H., & Hendrickson, P. (2012). Active Parenting of Teens: Families in Action™/Teens in Action: Leader’s guide. Active Parenting Publishers.

Available languages

Teens in Action materials are available in English.

Other supporting materials

Class Leader Training

Popkin, M. H., & Hendrickson, P. (2012). Teens in Action: A teen’s guide for surviving and thriving in the 21st century. Active Parenting Publishers. 

For More Information


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Note: The details on Dosage; Location; Education, Certifications, and Training; Other Supporting Materials; and For More Information sections above are provided to website users for informational purposes only. This information is not exhaustive and may be subject to change.

Results of Search and Review Number of Studies Identified and Reviewed for Active Parenting of Teens: Teens in Action
Identified in Search 0
Eligible for Review 0
Rated High 0
Rated Moderate 0
Rated Low 0
Reviewed Only for Risk of Harm 0