Arizona State University researchers have developed a parenting-after-divorce program that has been found to substantially reduce behavior problems, mental health disorders and substance abuse among children whose parents have divorced. They are now offering the program free to divorced or separated parents, as part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health.

The program is available to mothers and fathers in four counties in Arizona: Maricopa, Pima, Coconino, and Yuma. ASU hopes to have about 1,000 parents participate over the next two years. It’s free in return for parents participating in an evaluation of the program.

Parents must agree to be randomly assigned to sessions lasting either two weeks or 10 weeks. Both versions of the program cover the same topics, but the longer version provides more opportunities to practice the skills presented in the program. Separate groups are offered for mothers and fathers.

Parents must agree to participate in three telephone interviews as part of the evaluation.

To be eligible, parents must be divorced or separated from a spouse or domestic partner during the past two years, have children between the ages of 3 and 18, have a minimal level of regular contact with the children and not be remarried.

Parents interested in participating can call toll-free 855-531-0851 or visit http://nbpdivorce.org.

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