ERIC Number: ED252769
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Oct
Reference Count: 0
The Family Cluster Experience: An Emprical Evaluation.
Ackerman, Rosalie J.; Cole, Charles L.
Community integrational groups, called family clusters, have emerged to meet the needs for connectedness of both individuals and families. To examine the effectiveness of the family cluster two groups were assessed. Cluster I, comprised of single-parent and nuclear families, and grandparents, met 2-3 hours per week for 12 weeks. Cluster II, made up of incomplete nuclear families, single-parent families, and grandparents, met for 2 hours each day for 1 week. Group activities were designed to promote intergenerational relationships, sources of role identification, and a climate of trust to enhance family functioning and acceptance of a variety of family units. Self-reports of participants and participant-observer ratings indicated high satisfaction, and changes in the family unit representing enhanced family interaction. These changes were still evident at a 9-month follow-up. The findings indicate that the cluster experience can promote successful intergenerational and family interaction. (MCF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Clusters; Intergenerational Programs
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Milwaukee, WI, October 13-17, 1981).