literature on family intervention to prevent the development of behavior problems in children is reviewed. within extant parents' intervention models available, current paper discusses three programs that have been recognized for their effectiveness and their well-structured theoretical and practical parameters: the oregon social learning center, the incredible years and the positive parenting program (triple p). studies that develop and assess family interventions within the brazilian context are presented. the phenomenon of low-income families' low involvement with parental involvement programs is analyzed. the paper points out the need for more research in brazil to increase the theoretical and practical work with families and the development of research that would investigate the low-income families' in the programs.