ERIC Number: ED382324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr-15
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Confidence in Parenting: Is Parent Education Working?
Stanberry, J. Phillip; Stanberry, Anne M.
This study examined parents' feelings of confidence in their parenting ability among 56 individuals enrolled in 5 parent education programs in Mississippi, hypothesizing that there would be significant correlations between personal authority in the family system and a parent's confidence in performing the various roles of parenting. Based on several measures of parental functioning and confidence, the study found a correlation between individuation and parenting confidence. The results suggest that parent education programs need to stress personal competence as well as parenting education. Program activities should also promote individuation and self-definition in family-of-origin and family-of-procreation, identify and build on family strengths, identify and develop family resources, help parents establish permeable boundaries with their family-of-origin and family of procreation, and guide parents to realize the changes necessary as they and their children grow through the family and individual life cycles. (MDM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Early Childhood Association (45th, New Orleans, LA, April 11-16, 1994).