ERIC Number: ED040742
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
A Feasibility Study of Parent Awareness Programs. Final Report.
Kemble, Virginia; And Others
The purpose of this study was to explore the feasibility of group meetings of Head Start mothers that are focused on understanding of one's self and of others. A Parent Awareness Program was developed for use with two groups of Head Start mothers over a 27-week and a 17-week period, respectively. Specific objectives were that mothers would (1) become more aware of the needs and feelings of others, (2) develop a greater awareness of themselves, including an understanding of their strengths, assets, and the effect of their behavior on others, and (3) learn explicit techniques to improve communication skills that would in turn result in better interpersonal relationships. Two Parent Educators took the role of facilitators for the informal group discussions in helping the mothers try out new ways of handling problems and of expressing themselves in the group session. Focuses of the discussions included parent-child relationships; methods of discipline; communication skills; self-knowledge; marital status; heterosexual relationships; drug, alcohol, and glue-sniffing addiction; and racial feelings. When appropriate, the Parent Educators introduced audio-visual media, handouts, and role-playing exercises to expand discussion. The sustained level of participation and the favorable reactions to the program reported by the parents and staff indicated that a parent awareness program is feasible for this population. (Author/DR)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Economic Opportunity, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Head Start Research and Evaluation Center.; Hawaii Univ., Honolulu. Education Research and Development Center.