ERIC Number: ED195621
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Building Informal Support Networks for Parents in a High Risk Community.
This paper describes a child/parent center for mothers and preschoolers, the Child in the City Programme, which was developed at the University of Toronto. First, the context within which the center was developed is presented: The neighborhood in which the center is located is considered high risk because of the great degree of social isolation; social services have not been successful in the area; and government policy recognized the need for developing alternative social support systems like the center. Next, the center itself is described. The two-stage program emphasizes the provision of support for mothers of young children so they can take advantage of opportunities outside their homes. The center also has staff to support other efforts to provide services to parents. The final section of this paper reports on a pilot evaluation of the program. Data were collected through interviews with mothers who were participating in the program. The findings indicated that some objectives of the program are being met effectively. Positive changes in mental health, physical health, and amount of participation in the community by mothers increased as length of time in contact with the center increased. Tables of data are appended. (MK)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prepared for the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association (87th, New York, NY, September 1979).