ERIC Number: ED396847
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
The MELD for Young Moms Program: A National Study of Demographics and Program Outcomes.
Treichel, Christa J.
The MELD for Young Moms (MYM) program serves adolescent mothers by providing support and information about parenting in groups that are facilitated by women who were once adolescent mothers themselves. This study focused on gathering two types of information about the nationally replicated MYM program: (1) demographics of parent group facilitators and parent participants; and (2) program outcomes for parent participants. Standardized measures and survey techniques were employed to examine how parenting and child rearing techniques were influenced by program participation and to gather data to provide a demographic portrait of facilitators and parents. Overall the results indicated a positive and significant shift in attitudes and beliefs toward parenting and nurturing children, indicating that this group of parents are at low risk for child abuse and neglect. Specific results about parents' attitudes and beliefs following participation include the following: (1) parents had more appropriate expectations of their child's abilities; (2) parents increased their ability to be more empathically aware of their child's needs and to respond in an appropriate fashion; (3) parents believed less strongly in the value of corporal punishment; and (4) parents knew that their child did not exist to please and love them, and instead began to understand that it was their responsibility to respond to their child's needs in an appropriate fashion. (A copy of the Demographic Tally Parent Participants and PGFs (facilitators) and the participant informed consent letter are appended.) (AA)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Attitude Change, Demography, Early Parenthood, Family Relationship, Mother Attitudes, Mothers, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenting Skills, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Racial Composition, Social Support Groups, Well Being
MELD, Suite 507, 123 North Third Street, Minneapolis, MN 55401.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: MELD, Minnesota, MN.