ERIC Number: ED184668
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Jan
Reference Count: 0
Adolescents as Parents: Development and Assessment of a Parenting Education Program for the First Year after Birth. Final Report to the Office of Child Development.
Stanley, Jay; And Others
The effectiveness of an educational intervention program in increasing the parenting skills and knowledge of adolescents with infants was evaluated. The early part of the program consisted of an "informal" group which received individual counseling without a formal curriculum. This group consisted of 29 mothers whose babies were two months of age, and decreased to 10 mothers 4 months later, and to 9 mothers 10 months later. A second group received "formal" instruction in the form of small group discussions involving up to eight mothers, their babies, and a group leader. Discussion topics focused on issues and concerns relevant to the infant's stage of development. The total sample receiving formal instruction consisted of 62 mothers whose babies were two months of age. The entire sample remained 4 months later, and 15 of the babies had reached their first birthday at the close of the study. Pretest and posttest and baseline data were collected by means of a questionnaire on 6 areas of knowledge: child development, community resources, family planning, safety, adolescent development, and child care. In general, the data for all 6 indices reflected an increased knowledge base for mothers who were participating in both the formal and informal educational programs. (Author/SS)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Child Development (DHEW), Washington, DC.; Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr. Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions, Baltimore, MD.
Note: Report prepared through the Center for School-Aged Parents and Their Infants.