ERIC Number: ED222272
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Communication Skills Training for Fathers of School-Aged Children.
Levant, Ronald F.; Doyle, Gregory F.
A communication skills training program for fathers of school-aged children was developed and evaluated. Eleven fathers, recruited from announcements distributed by community organizations serving a Boston neighborhood, participated in the program. A "non-equivalent" control group, similarly recruited, was also utilized. The program consisted of eight weekly 3-hour sessions focusing on attending, responding to content, responding to feelings, self-awareness, genuineness, and acceptance. Program effects were assessed in three areas: (1) the fathers' communication skills, (2) the children's perceptions of their relationships with their fathers, and (3) family systemic effects such as parents' satisfaction with their families and the congruence of mothers' and fathers' family concepts. Fathers, their wives, and one of their children were given pretests and posttests on the dependent measures. The program was found to result in an improvement in fathers' communication skills--specifically, a significant increase in their overall sensitivity, a significant reduction in their use of undesirable responses, a trend toward increased use of desirable responses, and a trend toward increased acceptance of their children's expression of feelings. Significantly more experimental than control group children perceived positive changes in their relationships with their fathers. An assessment of the family concepts of mothers and fathers indicated that fathers changed their views of the ideal family. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Psychological Association (90th, Washington, DC, August 23-27, 1982).