ERIC Number: ED086762
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971
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Modifying Parent-Child Behavior in a Low Income Group.
Theaman, Milton; Gadlin, Walter
The United Parents Association (UPS) developed Self Help Clinics (SHC) in schools in low income areas in New York City. These Clinics consisted of groups of parents meeting regularly to discuss problems centering around their children and the schools. In the course of these discussions, questions of parent-child relationships were frequently raised. The objective was to intervene in the SHCs in a manner that would modify the authoritarian relationship between parent and child, in order to promote more self-reliance, self-motivation and self-control in the children. The Psychological Service Center was asked by the UPA to design and carry out the intervention. Fifty-four parents from seven schools were trained as leaders for the SHCs. Three of these schools were assigned to the control group, the other four to the experimental group. The experimental procedure included a T-Group for SHC leaders at which problems in parent-child relationships were dealt with. All leaders received training in recruitment of parents for the SHCs and in conducting the SHCs. The SHCs met weekly, and were attended by 961 parents, averaging about 14 per session. There were two T-Groups for the experimental group, a pair of schools participating in each. One group met for 54 sessions, the other for 36. Differences between experimental and control groups were assessed through pre and post-project interviews. [Reproduced from best available copy.] (Author/JM)
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Sponsor: National Inst. of Mental Health (DHEW), Bethesda, MD.
Authoring Institution: Psychological Service Center, New York, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)