ERIC Number: ED080159
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972-Dec
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An Evaluation of Some Family Life Education Services.
Prince, Raymond; And Others
A five-year study was conducted to evaluate the effects of varying intensities of family life education services on samples of high and low-income families (110 of each) in Montreal. The purpose was to provide these families with similar programs for one year and to study them longitudinally for three years to determine whether the programs resulted in measurable changes and if so to assess the durability of those changes. The main service provided was a traditional type nursery school for four-year-olds. Instruments to assess change included IQ tests (WPPSI and Draw-a-Person), stress measures (the Langner scale for the mothers and the Glidewell scale for the children), and a parent-attitude-to-childrearing scale (Hereford). Two years into the project, it was discovered that no significant changes were being registered; it was then decided to add cognitive stimulation programs to the nursery schools and narrow the focus of the research to study cognitive changes in low-income children only. Results indicate that nursery schools with cognitive stimulation programs can produce modest improvements in IQ test performance of low-income children. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Change Agents, Cognitive Development, Family Life Education, Intelligence Quotient, Low Income Groups, Preschool Children, Program Evaluation, Traditional Schools
Mental Hygiene Institute, Inc., 3690 Peel Street, Montreal, Quebec, Canada ($2.50)
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Authoring Institution: Mental Hygiene Inst., Inc., Montreal (Quebec).