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Evidence-Based Resource Summary

Strength of Evidence: 
3 out of 4
3 out of 4
Year Published: 

Parent Engagement: Strategies for Involving Parents in School Health

Description of Resource: 
The strategies and actions recommended in this publication are based on a synthesis of parent engagement and involvement research and guidance from the fields of education, health, psychology, and sociology. Materials in the review include peer-reviewed journal articles, books, reports from Government agencies and nongovernmental organizations, and websites. Information was summarized to identify parent engagement practices in school that demonstrated an impact on students' academic and health behaviors. Recommendations were also informed by the opinions of expert researchers, public health practitioners, and educators. This process identified evidence-based strategies and specific actions that can be taken to increase parent engagement in school health activities. Actions were included if experts believed there was a logical connection between the action and parent engagement; the action was consistent with recognized standards of practice and feasible for most schools to implement; and the action was considered highly unlikely to be harmful to students.

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Developer Type: 
Federal Government
Healthy People 2020 Topic Area(s): 
Adolescent Health
Resource Type: 
Non-Systematic Review
Expert Opinion
Field-Based Summary or Case Study
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (US), National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, Division of Adolescent and School Health. Parent engagement: strategies for involving parents in school health [Internet]. Atlanta (GA): Department of Health and Human Services (US); 2012 [cited 2013 Jan 17]. Available from: