Research & Resources

Research is large body of work that we do here at PDCR, both assessing most promising practices as well as evidence-informed (along with evidence-based) studies. Aside from the feeling so many of us intuitively have that PD is what feels right as parents, educators, and community advocates, the Adlerian-based approach has shown to be compelling in several other ways.

At home, authoritative parenting helps in:

– setting clearer limits;

– decreasing harshness; and

– increasing the sense of positive connection.

In schools, learning social and emotional skills results in:

– academic success, health and well-being, while

– reducing and preventing problems like bullying and truancy.

For the community, parenting that is both kind and firm promotes:

– healthy development and decreases social risks, and

– decreased smoking, drinking, and engagement in violence.

To read more about the research and data behind Positive Discipline and authoritative parenting, visit the and websites.

Results and Benefits 

We are committed to evaluation of our work which has effectively demonstrated many benefits through quantitative and qualitative research.   To highlight some key elements:

*Theory of Change (ToC)
Here is the link to view our ToC (special thanks to Stephanie Tam Rosas who led its development) which guides our evaluative efforts.  It includes the articulation of our vision where each person embodies the values of respect and dignity and passes that on to the next generation.  Our strategy is based in threading the PD model into all our programs and services with parents, educators, and community leaders.  Together, PDCR is addressing the root causes of the collective challenges at hand.

*Field Research
We understand that social change is not simple nor does it take place overnight.  But we have done the homework and PDCR is committed to the big-picture, long-term (just like our approach with raising kids!).  For example, our movement building effort is informed by the Harvard Center on the Developing Child and their work with Frontiers of Innovation.  They say expanding adult capabilities leads to improved child outcomes which leads to stronger communities including healthier populations and thriving economies.  Watch this video to build an environment of relationships essential to our children’s success!

*Data from Participants
The immediate feedback
about our program content and facilitator skills land 98% in the good or excellent range.  This is across the board for all that we do, from professional trainings to general parent education to the restorative pieces of our work.  Our questions include Likert scaling and open narratives so we can see what we are doing well and what we should improve.

For 10+ years, we conducted pre- and post- surveys to know where parents benefited most with skills.  The top 4 takeaways: Understanding the belief behind the behavior; My response influences my child’s response; Calming down before problem solving together; and Mistakes are opportunities to learn.

*Longitudinal Study 

Last year, we administered an online survey to assess long term impact by identifying what and how parents and practitioners were still using from their PD experience.  First, 100% of respondents reflect that PD significantly improved or transformed their skills with children!  Second, we saw that people are still practicing many tools, the top being:  following-through, validating feelings, and offering limited choices.

“I find better follow through from kids when I stand by and wait for their invitation for support or guidance, focusing on that they are capable rather than the problem at hand.”   – Practitioner

“Thank you all for creating such a supportive and valuable training that I will cherish and utilize for life. I felt like it was a gift to share the experience with all of you and my two words to sum it up are: life changing!”                                     – Parent

Finally, a longitudinal qualitative study is underway with University of California, Santa Cruz and Dr. Ellen Shrouft of Texas.  We continue to learn about our progress in creating a future where each person is valued and respected, and look forward to giving you more updates as we go along

Resources: (home of regional initiative on Positive Discipline throughout the Central Coast) (Positive Discipline Association – U.S. and global training and research) (Positive Discipline materials, books, CDs, DVDs, tool cards) (research and programs in Seattle, emphasis on schools) (home of Adler School of Professional Psychology) (national nonprofit promoting infant & toddler development) (tip sheets on different topics

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