May 21, 2009


Positive Action is a seven-session program geared toward
teaching members of a family to relate to one another in a positive way. The
program’s philosophy is, “You feel good about yourself when you do positive
actions, and there is always a positive way to do everything.” The program is
recommended for families who are at-risk or who are court ordered to attend a
family program. The program’s goals are to improve social skills, teach family
management skills, increase time parents spend with children, decrease family
conflict, and provide positive role models for children. This pilot study
randomly assigned families to receive the intervention or to a wait-list control
group. At post-test, increased family cohesion, decreased family conflict, and
increased parent-child bonding were found.


Target Population: at-risk families needing training
in positive family behavior.

The classroom portion of the intervention has seven
sessions. Families are in separate rooms for the first half of each session.
During sessions, families learn the “Thoughts-Actions-Feelings Circle”
philosophy. This says that positive thoughts lead to positive actions, positive
actions lead to positive feelings about oneself, and positive feelings lead back
to more positive actions. After covering this philosophy, the family members
learn the basics of one of the units. In the second half of the session, the
groups come together to review and participate in an activity as a family.

Families receive a kit (which can be ordered online through
the Positive Action website for $460 for an order containing materials for four
or five people, and some kits cost less for families with younger children) with
a manual containing 15-minute lessons. There are six lessons for each of six
units and then six for review. There are colorful materials included as well
such as an ICU Box (for I see you doing something positive), cards with a word
of the week, plans for conflict resolution, games, posters, and songs.

The six units are (1) self-concept, (2) physical and
intellectual positive actions for a healthy body and mind, (3) positive actions
for managing yourself responsibly, (4) positive actions for getting along with
others by treating them the way you like to be treated, (5) positive actions for
being honest with yourself and others, and (6) positive actions for improving
yourself continually.

There are two models, the intensive model and the extensive
model. The program evaluated below is the intensive model, which has seven
sessions over seven weeks. The extensive model has seven sessions over 36 weeks.
The school kits have six units and the family kit has seven lessons/sessions.

Training for the program ranges in cost from $600 to $800
per day (depending on trainer), plus travel expenses


Flay, B. R. 2007. The Positive Action Family Program: A
Pilot Randomized Trial and Replication. Unpublished Manuscript. Oregon State

Evaluated Population: 29 families in rural Utah who
were court-mandated to attend a family program.

Approach: Families were randomly assigned to the
control or treatment. About one-third (N=11) of the families were randomly
assigned to the control condition, and completed the program after the initial
study. Family conflict, family functioning, family cohesion, and parent-child
bonding were measured before the program began and then at the end of the
program (seven weeks later).

Results:Families in the Positive Action group
experienced significantly more change at the post-test on family conflict,
family cohesion, and parent-child bonding. For family conflict, the intervention
group experienced significantly less conflict compared with the control group,
and the effect size was 0.36. For family cohesion, the intervention group
reported more cohesiveness, and the effect size was 0.34. The intervention group
also reported more parent-child bonding, with an effect size of 0.59.



Flay, B. R. 2007. The Positive Action Family Program: A
Pilot Randomized Trial and Replication. Unpublished Manuscript. Oregon State


Physical Address:

Positive Action,
Inc.264 4th Ave. S.Twin Falls, ID 83301

Select extention 1 to speak to a Sales and Customer Service
Consultant, 2 to talk about an existing order, or 3 for billing

Fax: 208-733-1590

KEYWORDS: Early Childhood (0-5), Middle Childhood
(6-11), Adolescence (12-17), Young Adulthood (17-24), Co-ed, Social/Emotional Health
and Development, Skills Training, Life Skills Training, High-Risk,
Community-Based, Family Therapy, Rural and/or Frontier, Family Conflict,
Parent-management Skills, Conflict Resolution Skills, Problem-Solving Skills.

Program information last updated 5/21/09