ERIC Number: ED394711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Increasing Parent and Caregiver Understanding of the Power of Positive Interactions in Promoting Prosocial Behaviour in Young Children.
The goal of the project presented in the practicum was to help parents develop competencies in interacting with their children in ways which foster self esteem and cooperative behavior. The objectives of the practicum included, first, increasing parents' knowledge of: (1) the factors leading to high self esteem and cooperative behavior; (2) the role of play in facilitating enjoyable interactions; and (3) the enhancement of children's social development. The second objective of the practicum was changing the attitudes of parents/caregivers by: (1) making them feel more competent at fostering high self esteem and positive behavior in children; (2) helping them become effective play partners; and (3) increasing their knowledge of the foundations of prosocial behavior. A ten-week program was developed and put into action in a rural community. A combination of information sharing strategies were implemented with fifteen women participants. The results showed an increased rating in almost every category, and anecdotal accounts from many of the participants about how they put their increased knowledge and changed attitudes into action. The appendices include a sample of the survey for professionals form, the pre-post test survey for participants, the participant evaluation of project, and the feedback form for participants. (Contains 29 references.) (AA)
Descriptors: Behavior Change, Behavior Development, Caregiver Role, Childhood Attitudes, Interpersonal Competence, Modeling (Psychology), Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Program Development, Prosocial Behavior, Questionnaires, Self Concept, Self Esteem, Social Development, Socialization, Surveys
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Master's Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.