ERIC Number: ED372311
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993
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Establishing a Short Term Program Component To Build Self-Esteem in a Small Group of Abusive and Potentially Abusive Parents.
This practicum was designed to enhance the self-esteem of abusive and potentially abusive parents. A combination of strategies was used to enhance self-esteem and to help parents solve problems in an appropriate manner. The intervention strategy included three objectives: (1) gain the confidence of the participants; (2) use a curriculum that allowed parents to explore and express their feelings about their past and future as these related to their parenting skills; and (3) presentation of situations that stimulated parental problem solving. Materials from an existing curriculum on self-esteem in abusive parents was used on the parents of children (ages birth to five years) in a private, non-profit child care center. Most of the parents were referred by social agencies in response to suspected abuse or neglect. Participants were allowed ample time during individual and group sessions to discuss their concerns and questions regarding their roles as parents. Pre- and post-test measurements indicated that all program objectives were met. Parents improved their ability to approach parenting problems in a positive rather than in an abusive manner. It is believed that much of the program's success had to do with the individual attention that each parent received. (RJM)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
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Note: M.S. Practicum, Nova University.