ERIC Number: ED238540
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Education for Parenthood. Final Evaluation Report.
Behavior Associates, Tucson, AZ.
A nationwide program to provide teenagers with opportunities to develop more positive attitudes about children and parenting, to improve self-awareness and self-understanding, and to increase knowledge and skills related to child care and development formed the basis for a survey compiled by voluntary organizations serving teenagers. Nonrandomized pre- and post-questionnaires with comparison-group design measured the impact of instructional programs on 6,000 to 6,700 participants. A sample of five sites was perceived as adequately representing youth-serving programs in 20 counties. A new instrument, the Parenthood Questionnaire, was mailed to individuals who had participated in the program 2 to 4 years earlier. Specifically, results provided 13 conclusions and 8 recommendations. Conclusions generally concerned (1) varying degrees of enthusiasm and success of organizational planning, development, and implementation; (2) changes in parenting knowledge, attitudes, skills, self-assessment, and motivation; and (3) teenage acquisition of low levels of parent education prior to training. Recommendations focused on funding for maintenance and provision of parent education programs and for the operational definition and evaluation of program goals and objectives. (BJD)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Behavior Associates, Tucson, AZ.