ERIC Number: ED099697
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1974
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Family Guidance in Denmark; A Program in Preventive Child Care.
Wagner, Mary G.; Wagner, Marsden G.
This report discusses the family guidance program established in Denmark as a preventive measure for child care. In developing such a program, Denmark developed a number of innovations concerned with preventive care programs for children. The program has changed from its beginnings in 1888, and since 1964 has offered voluntary family guidance to any family with children under 18. Implementing the program is the responsibility of the local districts, or "Kommunes," which explains the considerable variation in the quantity and quality of the services in different parts of the country. A "family helper" is assigned families who need long-term help in resolving family-child problems, and the helper usually spends six months to one year working with the family until the situation has stabilized. Families are serviced primarily on a crisis basis when it is felt that nonintervention would permit permanent damage to the quality of the children's environment. The three general types of services offered by family guidance are referral, economic assistance, and group services or parent clubs. (Author/PC)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Denmark