ERIC Number: ED215790
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1980-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Information Needs of Parents with Young Children: A Synthesis of 15 Child Development Information Research Studies from the Administration for Children, Youth and Families.
Sparling, Joseph, Ed.
Through a synthesis of 15 research studies, this report profiles parenting information needs and attempts to increase understanding of potential sources of parenting information. It is suggested that the synthesis may assist (1) needs-assessment for program planning and design, (2) development of information strategies or products for parents, and (3) implementation of parent education programs or program components. Descriptive research projects and intervention projects were included for dissemination because they were current and emphasized child development. Jointly, the 15 projects focus on two major areas of the needs domain (parent interests and problems), two external shaping factors (parent attitudes and values), and two resource elements (channels of information and sources of informal and formal supports). The five demonstration or intervention projects sponsored by the Administration for Children, Youth and Families (ACYF) that were included in the synthesis all attempted to improve the level of parent knowledge. Concluding sections of the synthesis provide a table summarizing developmental tasks, needs, and crises of young parents, and a list of recommendations concerning parent influences on information, content areas for dissemination, appropriate amounts of information, and meeting the special needs of adolescent parents. (Lengthy abstracts of each of the projects discussed are appended.) (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Administration for Children, Youth, and Families (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: North Carolina Univ., Chapel Hill. Frank Porter Graham Center.