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ERIC Number: ED408078
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 12
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An Evaluation of Informal Parent Support Groups.
Lennon, Lori; And Others
This study examined the effects of an informal parental support network on parents' perceptions of child behavior, discipline style, and satisfaction in parenting. The parent support group consisted of 38 parents (mostly mothers) who met regularly and had an opportunity to discuss parenting concerns and compare experiences with their children; however, the primary purpose of these meetings was not explicit provision of parental support. The control group of 37 parents (mostly mothers) did not participate in any formal parent education programs and were not affiliated with one another. It was hypothesized that regular informal supportive contact among parents of children of similar ages would have a positive effect on perception of children's problems, discipline style, and parenting satisfaction. Twice over a 5-week period, participants anonymously completed the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory, the Cleminshaw-Guidubaldi Parent Satisfaction Scale, and the project-created Parenting Self Appraisal Scale and Daily Behavioral Responses. The findings indicated that parents in informal support networks were not significantly different from control parents on most pretest and posttest measures of their perceptions of their children's problems, parent satisfaction, and disciplinary strategies. However, the informal support network members perceived their parenting as more permissive than control group parents on the posttest. Almost all parents were moderately confident in their parenting abilities and all valued firm limit setting. The majority did not believe that parents' admission of mistakes scared or confused children. About 20 percent believed that spanking could increase children's respect for parents. (Author/KDFB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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