ERIC Number: ED248040
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jun-16
Reference Count: 0
Parent Education for Fathers.
Levant, Ronald F.; Rabinovitz, Joseph
The content and organization of an 8-week evening course for fathers, developed at Boston University, are discussed in this workshop report. Participants' characteristics that should be considered by the group leader are also discussed. The first half of the course focused on learning to listen and respond to one's child, whereas the second half concerned speaking for oneself and acceptance of the child. The format for each training session involved (1) presenting a communication skill by using a brief lecture, videotapes, and live examples; (2) practicing the skill in role-playing exercises; and (3) transferring the skill to interaction with one's child through homework assignments. Evaluation of the program showed that the course improved fathers' communication skills and changed their views of the ideal family. In addition, their children perceived changes in their relationships with their fathers. In directing the group, course leaders should consider such factors as fathers' motivation for enrolling in the course, previous experience in classrooms and role-playing situations, knowledge of child development theory, and home and family situations. Additional factors include the amount of support fathers receive from significant adults and the low energy level many may experience from coming to the class directly from work. (CB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boston University MA
Note: Paper presented at the Greater Boston Fatherhood Forum (Boston, MA, June 16, 1984).