ERIC Number: ED314679
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1989
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Developing and Implementing Democratic Parenting Methods in a Group Home Servicing Children Ages Three to Eleven.
Santa Lucia, Sister Paul Marie
Society still carries the lingering remains of the autocratic cultural mores of reward and punishment. Staff in a group home setting for children must be aware of the complexity caused by the mingling of autocratic and democratic mores. This phenomenon causes discrepancy in parenting methods. It was surmised that training the staff (N=4) at one group home to parent according to a democratic model would eliminate this discrepancy and prepare the children (N=16) to live in a democratic society. Staff parent training sessions and weekly meetings with the children were implemented which incorporated the values of equality and mutual respect. The six staff training sessions were based on human development, children of alcoholics, effects of sexual abuse, motivations of misbehavior, communicating effectively with children, and developing a more concise understanding of self and child. The training combined with the greater empathy established through the weekly meetings, resulted in improved attitudes for both staff and children and a subsequent decline in children's negative behaviors. (Staff questionnaire, weekly staff evaluation form, and children's attitude survey stem sentences are appended and a 46-item bibliography is attached.) (Author/ABL)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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Note: Ed.D. Practicum, Nova University.