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ERIC Number: ED419041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
Pages: 7
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Primary Prevention: Teaching Children Today the Parenting Skills They Will Need Tomorrow.
Pozmantier, Janet
"Primary Prevention: Promoting Mental Health in the Next Generation" is a curriculum that teaches children about the relationship between parenting practices and a child's mental health. Essentially, the program teaches children today about the parenting skills they will need in the future. This report describes the curriculum and reports on an evaluation of its effectiveness. The primary goal is to prevent and reduce mental health problems in the next generation of children. The program is composed of three developmentally appropriate curricula, for kindergarten through grade 3, grades 4 through 6, and grades 7 through 12. Each curriculum is divided into a leader's guide and units on: (1) building a foundation for mental health; (2) self-esteem; (3) raising children; and (4) solving problems and getting help. The curriculum has been implemented in the Houston (Texas) Independent School District, the fifth largest city school district in the United States. Over 9,000 students have participated. In 1994-95, in an outcome evaluation study, pre-, post-, and followup questionnaires were administered to 340 students in grades 4 through 6 and 350 in grades 7 through 12. Roughly half of the students were Hispanic Americans, with 41% Black at the elementary level and 26% Black at the upper levels. Approximately 76% of the elementary school students were eligible for free lunches. Students were able to identify parenting styles, positive discipline techniques, and techniques that would improve self-esteem. Younger children became more likely to reject corporal punishment, and they learned that the way parents treat children affects their self-esteem. A second study, in 1996, found similar gains in knowledge for 263 elementary school students, and a parenting attitudes questionnaire completed by 82 program instructors before and after instructor training found positive attitude changes for instructors as well. The curriculum is being translated into Spanish for a culturally responsive version. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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Identifiers: Primary Prevention