The Early Risers program is a multicomponent program that targets elementary school children 6 to 12 years of age who are experiencing early adjustment difficulties that may be linked to later risky behaviors, such as substance use. Early Risers is based on the premise that early, comprehensive, and sustained intervention is necessary to target multiple risk and protective factors.
This program is approved for WV Expanded School Mental Health.
Last reviewed: 2023
- Decrease aggressive and disruptive behaviors
- Decrease coercive parent-child interactions
- Increase behavioral and emotional self-regulation
- Increase social competence
- Increase academic performance and task regulation
- Increase effective parenting skills (e.g., discipline and supervision)
- Improve parental functioning
- Improve parent-child interactions, building positive relationships and parental investment in child
- Enhance positive prosocial peer affiliation
Continuum of Care:
Indicated Prevention, Selective Prevention
Behavioral Health/Mental Health, Disruptive Behaviors, Substance Use
A balanced amount of the research involved diverse populations
This program is for children who are 6 to 12 years old who are experiencing early adjustment difficulties.
Is Training Required?
Yes, see developer info
Who can provide the required training?
Please contact Nicole Morrell for more information on training: firstname.lastname@example.org
Program Costs (materials, training, etc.):
Information not available
Relevant Published, Peer-Reviewed Research:
Hektner, J. M., August, G. J., Bloomquist, M. L., Lee, S., & Klimes-Dougan, B. (2014). A 10-year randomized controlled trial of the Early Risers conduct problems preventive intervention: Effects on externalizing and internalizing in late high school. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82(2), 355-360. https://doi.org/10.1037/
Gewirtz, A. H., DeGarmo, D. S., Lee, S., Morrell, N., & August, G. (2015). Two-year outcomes of the Early Risers prevention trial with formerly homeless families residing in supportive housing. Journal of Family Psychology, 29(2), 242-252. https://doi.org/10.1037/
Piehler, T. F., Bloomquist, M. L., August, G. J., Gewirtz, A. H., Lee, S. S., & Lee, W. S. (2014). Executive functioning as a mediator of conduct problems prevention in children of homeless families residing in temporary supportive housing: A parallel process latent growth modeling approach. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 42(5), 681–692. https://doi.org/10.1007/
Supported by Research
»WV Ratings Info
Rationale for Rating:
Early Risers Skills for Success demonstrates positive outcomes in multiple RCTs. Reviewers noted that research was conducted by program developers and would like to see research conducted by outside parties.
Contraindications or Concerns:
The California Evidence-Based Clearinghouse for Child Welfare:
Well-Supported by Research Evidence
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development:
Not On Registry
Clearinghouse for Military Family Readiness:
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Model Programs Guide:
Not On Registry
Washington State Institute for Public Policy:
Not On Registry