ERIC Number: ED261806
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985-Mar
Reference Count: 0
An Infant/Toddler Program for High Risk Parents and Their Children.
Minet, Selma B.
A pilot program was designed to provide opportunities for a group of high-risk parents to improve their parenting. Specifically, the program provided a center in which teenage mothers could meet, share child-rearing problems, observe their children being cared for by trained personnel, interact with their children, and have opportunities for discussion. Additionally, the program helped high-risk parents eligible under provisions of the Job Training Partnership Act to develop skills necessary for successful infant and early childhood daycare provision and to become licensed caregivers. Program goals included the following: to teach uninformed parents about children's normal growth patterns and individual needs, to develop coping strategies, to enhance parents' self-esteem, and to model nurturant and developmental care. Initial participants were 15 mothers (ranging in age from 15 through 20 years) and 18 children. Discussion focuses on: the purpose of the program; a rationale for parent-child intervention; program characteristics, including the assessment of participants; the planned course of instruction; and experience gained in the first 6 weeks of program implementation. Experience with program participants suggested that the women are in a period of crisis characterized by helplessness and alienation, that they have given up on the system, and that parental patterns are reproduced across generations. (RH)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Appendix section contained material that has been omitted because of copyright restrictions. Paper presented at the Annual Parenting Symposium (1st, Chicago, IL, March 21-24, 1985).