ERIC Number: ED309846
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989-Apr-27
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Does Research Support Claims about the Benefits of Involving Parents in Early Intervention Programs?
White, Karl R.; And Others
This paper provides a detailed analysis of evidence concerning benefits of parent involvement in early intervention programs. It is maintained that two dimensions should be considered in defining parent involvement in early intervention programs: (1) the type of activities in which parents engage or the types of resources and assistance which are offered to parents as a function of their involvement; and (2) the attitude and context in which the activities are presented. The six reasons most frequently offered for the importance of parent involvement are summarized. These reasons include the notions that: parents are responsible for the welfare of their children; involved parents provide better political support and advocacy than uninvolved parents; early intervention programs that involve parents are more effective than those which do not; and parent involvement provides benefits to parents and other family members as well as children. Subsequent discussion examines data concerning benefits associated with parent involvement and concludes that there is little evidence for the position that early intervention programs which involve parents will be more effective than those programs which do not. Examined are numerous previous reviews of parent involvement research, nearly 200 early intervention studies and non-intervention studies, and a few experimental studies. Discussion concludes with recommendations for future research and practice. About 65 references are cited. (RH)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (Kansas City, MO, April 27-30, 1989).