ERIC Number: ED255818
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Oct
Reference Count: 0
Intervention Strategies for Dealing with Multi-Problem Families.
Kloss, James; And Others
This paper describes the Primary Prevention Project (PPP), a demonstration program of the Mendota Mental Health Institute in Madison, Wisconsin which provides services to multi-problem families with children under 3 years of age in order to prevent abuse and neglect, developmental delay, or future socio-emotional difficulty. The project's philosophy, organization, and development over the past 10 years are reviewed and a profile of clients served by PPP is included. Services offered by PPP which focus on parent-child interaction from birth are described and a service curriculum which follows the child's development is briefly outlined. Services discussed include instruction in infant massage, safety-proofing, training in play skills, and behavioral and child management techniques. The PPP treatment approach providing services in clients' homes is discussed with a special emphasis on how effective services can be delivered to multi-problem families. Five clusters of problems requiring special treatment are identified: parents who are emotionally disturbed; parents with cognitive limitations; families characterized by resistance, suspicion, and hostility; families characterized by disorganization; and families with mothers who are socially isolated, passive, and easily manipulated. Available PPP evaluation data are reviewed and the current status of the program is discussed. (NRB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Behavior Management
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (San Francisco, CA, October 16-20, 1984).