ERIC Number: ED382368
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Increasing Parents' Child Development Knowledge and Use of Effective Discipline.
Handforth, K. Clare
Interviews with professionals, a literature search, and a parent survey indicated that parents of toddlers had a need for knowledge about child development. This lack of knowledge was believed to be one factor in the reported use of non-effective discipline techniques, with the linking factor identified as unrealistic expectations. For this practicum project a parent program consisting of 10 weekly sessions covering child development, self-esteem, play, and discipline techniques was designed and implemented. Eleven parents, all part of two-parent families, completed all the sessions. The program included optional supports in the form of a "warm line"--a telephone line parents could call with questions or concerns--and home visits. A book display was included and related to the topic of the particular session. Results of pre- and post-test surveys and reaction sheets indicated that the sessions increased parents' knowledge about child development. Parents reported perceived feelings of increase in comfort and confidence as well as perceived increase in skill levels. Participants also indicated increased use of effective discipline techniques and a decreased use of 7 out of 12 non-effective discipline techniques or punishments. All parents reported that they found the program useful. (Four appendices include the interview questions for local professionals, pretest-posttest survey, reaction sheet, and calendar plan.) Contains 22 references. (Author/HTH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Family Support
Note: Master's Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.