ERIC Number: ED421215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Supporting Parents, Supporting Parenting: First Year Report. Identifying the Support Needs of Parents and Families in Four Communities in Scotland.
Family social isolation, conflicting workplace demands, inadequate and unaffordable child care, and parent and child needs have strained family life and have led to calls for parent support programs in Scotland. This report describes Year 1 of the Positive Parenting Project, designed to support parents in combating the effects of poverty in four disadvantaged communities in Scotland. A combination of qualitative and quantitative methods was used to evaluate the project, including interviews with parents and key informants, focus group discussions, questionnaires, and diaries. During Year 1, the evaluation focused on analyzing needs and assessing how those needs could be addressed, with baseline reports and community profiles developed for each community. Over 300 parents were consulted to articulate their concerns and contribute to project design and planning. Parents identified a range of issues, including the need for coordinated information on available services and resources, information on child development, and effective ways of forming closer relationships with their children's schools. Findings indicated that parents felt that the support they had received increased their self-awareness and reduced feelings of isolation and being overwhelmed. Parents identified parenting courses as a negative concept and were reluctant to participate because the courses were associated with labels of bad parenting. Collaboration among agencies was the most effective way of reaching parents. Providing child care was essential to parent participation. The report notes that difficulties in reaching fathers require specific strategies targeted at this group. (Contains 50 references.) (KB)
Descriptors: Child Rearing, Children, Family Needs, Foreign Countries, Information Needs, Needs Assessment, Parent Child Relationship, Parenting Skills, Parents, Poverty, Program Descriptions, Program Effectiveness, Program Evaluation
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Save the Children Scotland, Edinburgh.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Scotland)