ERIC Number: ED351101
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-27
Reference Count: N/A
The Efficacy of a Head Start Educational Program for Parents Identified as Potential Child Abusers.
Stanberry, Anne M.
This paper describes a study conducted to determine if parents' enrollment in a Head Start Resource Center for Parents and Children reduced the parents' potential for child abuse. Subjects were 17 mothers who were enrolled in the Resource Center, had a child from 2 to 4 years old, and were identified as potential child abusers. The Resource Center's educational program was based on Belsky's ecological model of child maltreatment. This model suggests that factors involving parents and children interact and, in some combinations, may cause child maltreatment. In the study, subjects were divided into first- and second-year participants in the educational program. Subjects in the second-year group participated in the program, were tested for abuse potential using the Child Abuse Potential (CAP) Inventory, participated in the program again, and were tested again. Subjects in the first-year group were tested, participated in the program, and were tested again. A significant difference between pretest and posttest scores on the CAP Inventory for second-year, but not for first-year, participants was found. It is concluded that second-year parents benefited from the program and recommended that the two-year program should be continued. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Abuse Potential Inventory; Project Head Start
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Southern Association on Children Under Six (Tulsa, OK, March 23-28, 1992).