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ERIC Number: ED308000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989
Pages: 132
Abstractor: N/A
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Increasing Preventive Health Care in Young Children through Parental Involvement.
Mack, Sarah L.
A health specialist serving a child care program in a metropolitan ghetto implemented a practicum to increase parent involvement with the health needs of their children. Goals were to: (1) ensure preventive and follow-up health care of children by increasing parents' use of medical resources; and (2) provide continuous education to parents in pediatric preventive health care and therapeutic practices. To attain these goals, a 12-week program for 100 parents (mothers) of preschool children was implemented. Three workshops covered comprehensive and preventive health care for children. Surveys tracked parents' inhibitions and unease toward community clinics. A system of communication was established between the centers and clinics. Practicum evaluation data indicated that all parents met the educational objectives. Aided by extensive reinforcement and cooperation by centers and clinics, 96 of 100 parents kept their children's ongoing appointments. It is concluded that when parents are provided the opportunity, they can learn preventive and curative well-child health concepts. If the atmosphere for learning is a nurturing environment with parents and providers sharing equal partnership in children's health, parents will assume responsibility. Related materials are appended. (RH)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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