Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT)

An Evidence-Based Practice


LIFT is designed to decrease the likelihood of two major factors that put children at risk for subsequent antisocial behavior and delinquency: 1) aggressive and other socially incompetent behaviors with teachers and peers at school and 2) ineffective parenting, including inconsistent and inappropriate discipline and lax supervision. LIFT has three main components: 1) classroom-based child social skills training, 2) the playground Good Behavior Game, and 3) parent management training. These efforts are fortified by systematic communication between teachers and parents. To facilitate communication, a "LIFT line" is implemented in each classroom. The LIFT line is a phone and an answering machine in each classroom that families are encouraged to use if they have any questions for the teachers or have concerns that they wish to share.

Goal / Mission

Linking the Interests of Families and Teachers (LIFT) is a research intervention program designed to prevent the development of aggressive and antisocial behavior.

Results / Accomplishments

LIFT was evaluated using a population-based, randomized, intervention trial. Preliminary evidence suggests that LIFT can be a useful tool for promoting effective parenting in the home and decreasing aggressive behaviors with peers at school and on the playground. In comparison with the control group, LIFT participants exhibited a decrease in child physical aggression toward classmates on the playground, an increase in teachers' positive impressions of child social skills with classmates, and a decrease in parents' aversive behavior during family problem-solving discussions.

Postintervention results revealed that observed aggressive behavior on the LIFT playgrounds decreased from a mean of 6.0 aversive physical behaviors per 30-minute recess period to only 4.8 aversive behaviors per 30 minutes. Following the intervention period, the children in the control group continued to average 6.6 aversive behaviors per 30 minutes. Results 3 years postintervention revealed that relative to fifth grade youths in the LIFT group, fifth grade youths in the control group were 2.2 times as likely to affiliate with misbehaving peers, 1.8 times as likely to be involved in patterned alcohol use, 1.5 times as likely to have tried marijuana, and 2.4 times as likely to be arrested by age 14.

About this Promising Practice

Primary Contact
John B. Reid, Ph.D.
Oregon Social Learning Center
160 East Fourth Avenue
Eugene, OR 97401
(541) 485-2711
Public Safety / Crime & Crime Prevention
Social Environment / Children's Social Environment
Education / School Environment
Oregon Social Learning Center
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention's Model Programs Guide (MPG)
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Date of implementation
Geographic Type
Eugene, OR
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