ERIC Number: ED262862
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Feb
Reference Count: N/A
Family Matters: Evaluation of the Parental Empowerment Program. A Final Report to the National Institute of Education.
Cochran, Moncrieff; Henderson, Charles R., Jr.
This final report provides an evaluation of the Family Matters program, an experimental program building on family strengths and local resources which was offered for an average of 24 months to 160 families in 10 Syracuse (New York) neighborhoods. Chapter 1 provides a conceptual overview and program description. Chapter 2 describes the research methodology and includes a demographic comparison of program and control families. In chapter 3, attention is focused upon the influence of program participation on children's performance in first grade. Chapter 5 expands this focus to include possible relations among school outcomes, parental perceptions of self, and parent-child activities. Home-school communications is the area of interest in chapter 4 and chapter 6 concerns personal social networks. In chapter 7, network relations to activities, perceptions, and school outcomes are examined, as are the relations between perceptions and home-school communications. Chapter 8 considers questions focusing on program-influenced changes in family ecology affecting the behavior of children; causal links between program inputs and child outcomes; and differences in effects and processes across family types. Attention then shifts to a number of family-support related themes arising from the answers to these questions. (RH)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Cognitive Development, Demography, Elementary School Students, Family Programs, Family School Relationship, Grade 1, Home Visits, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Participation, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation, Self Concept, Social Networks, Social Support Groups
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Child Health and Human Development (NIH), Bethesda, MD.; Spencer Foundation, Chicago, IL.; Grant (W.T.) Foundation, New York, NY.; National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Cornell Univ., Ithaca, NY.
Identifiers - Location: New York (Syracuse)