ERIC Number: ED420564
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Dec
An Evaluation of the Nurturing Program: SAFEchild.
Combs, Wendy; Reeth, Janice; VanDyk, Pam; Herrera, Olga; Hasinger, Ron
SAFEchild is a non-profit community service agency providing parenting information, education, and support to parents, children, and the community in the prevention of child abuse and neglect. This evaluation provides information to SAFEchild on the impact of the Nurturing Program on past participants. Staff were interested in determining participants' satisfaction with the program, their retention of learning over time, and their ability to apply what was learned to difficult parenting situations. A survey was developed and administered using standardized telephone interviewing of 26 individuals; 18 were previous participants and 8 were on a waiting list to enter the program. The items on the survey involved four problem-solving vignettes. Major findings were generally positive and included: (1) participants were consistently able to suggest more positive parenting strategies for difficult parenting situations than those on the waiting list; (2) participants reported an increase in self-esteem since beginning the program; (3) both groups were equally able to identify children's physical and emotional needs, developmentally appropriate discipline strategies, and emotions; (4) all participants expressed satisfaction with the Nurturing Program and would recommend the program to friends and relatives; and (5) content areas within the curriculum could be modified in subsequent sessions to focus on negotiating with children, identifying and changing unhealthy and unproductive ways of handling stress and resolving conflict, and identifying physical forms of discipline as abusive. The researchers caution that the small sample size may have influenced the outcome of the survey. (EH)
Descriptors: Child Development, Child Rearing, Family Relationship, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Education, Parenthood Education, Parenting Skills, Parents
SAFEchild, P.O. Box 46090, Raleigh, NC 27620, telephone: 919-231-5800.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: SAFEchild, Raleigh, NC.