ERIC Number: ED361111
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988-Dec
Reference Count: N/A
Parent Services Project Evaluation: Final Report of Findings.
Stein, Alan R.; Haggard, Molly
The Parent Services Project (PSP) is a family resource program which provides supportive activities for highly stressed and socially isolated parents based on the "social support as a stress-buffer" model of primary prevention. A PSP evaluation followed parents as they went through the PSP program and compared them with a matched control sample of low-income parents from other state-funded child care centers. Questionnaires about life events and stress, social support, and psychological symptoms were administered to parents when their children first entered PSP child care centers, again in 15 months, and finally 15 months later when most children had graduated from the centers. Evaluation findings included the following: (1) at the study's beginning, both the PSP and control groups were highly stressed, socially isolated, and, therefore, at high risk for the development of psychological symptoms; (2) by the second interview, PSP parents had decreased slightly in support and significantly in stress and psychological symptoms, while the control group had decreased greatly in support and only slightly in stress and symptoms; (3) at the final interview, PSP parents had stabilized, demonstrating very slight reductions in stress, support, and symptoms, while the control parents decreased dramatically in support, increased in stress, and increased significantly in symptoms; and (4) cultural variations in stress and social support influenced symptom development within the PSP sample. (AC)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Policymakers; Practitioners
Sponsor: San Francisco Foundation, CA.; Marin Community Foundation, San Rafael, CA.
Authoring Institution: Parent Services Project, Inc., Fairfax, CA.