ERIC Number: ED396218
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
The Use of Qualitative and Quantitative Measures in Program Evaluation: A Practical Example.
Housley, Patricia C.
One of the techniques frequently recommended for bereaved children is participation in grief support groups through schools or community agencies. The Bereavement Directors of two hospices in northern Colorado were interested in learning more of the effectiveness of the children's' grief groups which they were conducting. The final design of the evaluation involved traditional pre- and post-test measures with a treatment group and a control group. Over a period of 18 months, 20 children (7-11 years old) and their families participated in the treatment group, which involved completion of the pre- and post-test measures and attendance at an 8-week grief support group. A total of 14 children and their families were in the control group. Measures used with the children were the Death Concept Scale and the Piers Harris Self-Concept Scale; parents were asked to complete an information questionnaire and a child behavior checklist. Both children and parents participated in semistructured interviews. Responses in general indicated that participation in the groups was effective and beneficial. Participant responses to questions regarding their experiences in the grief support groups are summarized. (TS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper prsented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists (Atlanta, GA, March 12-16, 1996).