ERIC Number: ED240461
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Self-Esteem: A Family Affair. An Evaluation Study.
Bredehoft, David J.
Over the past decade parent education programs, following either a democratic or behavior modification model, have gained in recognition and support. To investigate the effectiveness of Jean Illsley Clarke's parent education program, Self Esteem: A Family Affair, on self-esteem, conflict resolution, and family togetherness and flexibility, 27 intact families with a minimum of one adolescent child were assigned to either a control or treatment condition. In the treatment condition, the families attended eight, 2-hour class sessions in which Clarke's education program was implemented. The Family Adaptability and Cohesion Evaluation Scales (FACES II), the Inventory of Parent Adolescent Conflict, and the Tennessee Self Concept Scale were administered to all families as pre- and post-tests. An analysis of the results showed that the course was effective in producing significant changes in family members' perceptions. Fathers perceived the family system as more adaptable and were more satisfied with family cohesion. Average family empathy was increased, and mothers perceived less dissonance with fathers, increased empathy with fathers, and less total dissonance. Adolescents in the experimental group compared to those in the control group perceived less dissonance with their fathers. (BL)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Self Esteem A Family Affair (Program)
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (St. Paul, MN, October 11-15, 1983).