ERIC Number: ED347714
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Mar-13
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Increasing Nurturing Relationships between Primary Caregivers and Infants Prenatally Exposed to Cocaine through a Neighbor-Implemented Individual and Group Training Model.
Ferrentino, Michael P.
This practicum was designed to increase nurturing relationships between primary caregivers and infants prenatally exposed to cocaine. Goals were to increase the general emotional well-being of the caregivers within the family unit, to increase the interpersonal competence of the caregivers in relation to the care receiving infants, and to increase the caregivers' use of formal social support systems availed to them. Through individaul and group training sessions, 10 caregivers were actively involved in monthly home and group meetings. The solution strategy was designed to include parent educators who guided caregivers through pertinent stress relieving coping skills derived from strategies and techniques of appropriate parent training during the 1-hour monthly home visitations. The caregivers were encouraged to improve their relationship with the infants by utilizing positive responses through knowledge of normal infant development. Additionally, parent educators and volunteers facilitated monthly group support and parent awareness education sessions designed to increase the access to appropriate community resources. The outcomes of practicum implementation cited increases in many relationship-building behaviors. Parent educators and child protection workers reported that each caregiver demonstrated an increased usage of identified coping behaviors. Post-evaluations indicated that all caregivers improved their relationship with the care receiving infants. Additionally, 3 of the 10 caregivers increased their access from 4 community resource services to 6, 3 others increased their usage from 3 to 5, and the remaining 4 increased their usage of community resource services from a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 7. Through encouragement and understanding, primary caregivers of prenatally substance exposed infants were able to develop nurturing mother and infant bonding relationships. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Child Caregivers, Child Development, Cocaine, Congenital Impairments, Coping, Drug Abuse, Helping Relationship, Intervention, Neighborhoods, Neurological Impairments, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Postsecondary Education, Prenatal Influences, Program Implementation, Social Services, Social Support Groups, Stress Management
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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