ERIC Number: ED382323
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Nov-10
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An Ecological Approach to Integrating Child Maltreatment Program Research with Program Planning.
Stanberry, Anne M.
This study examined an ecologically-based Head Start parent education program to determine if it reduced parents' potential for child abuse. Seventeen mothers who had been referred to the program received training in child care and development, nonviolent discipline methods, stress management, and communication. Support groups and home visits were also conducted. The Child Abuse Potential (CAP) Inventory (Form VI) was used as a pre- and post-test. To evaluate the efficacy of the intervention, parents in their second year with the program had treatment, were tested, had treatment, and were tested again, while parents in their first year with the program were tested, had treatment, and were tested again. The first testing of the first year group served as the control. The evaluation found that while CAP pretest scores indicated that participants had a high potential for abuse, the posttest scores of the second year group indicated significantly reduced potential for abuse. Interview data indicated extensive and severe problems in many areas of the parents' lives, an impression not seen in the CAP scores. The results suggest that the length of program participation may be a key factor in prevention/intervention programs for child maltreatment. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Child Abuse Potential Inventory
Note: Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Council on Family Relations (Minneapolis, MN, November 10, 1994).