ERIC Number: ED429244
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Improving the Parenting Skills of Young Teen Mothers in Grades 9th--12th through Parenting Classes, Training, and Mentoring.
This paper discusses a practicum designed to address young teen mothers' lack of knowledge, experience, and skills needed to appropriately care for their infants. It documents that increased knowledge, enhanced interpersonal relationships, and augmented parenting skills made a difference in the teen mothers' approach to parenting. Parenting classes and/or training sessions were implemented, home visitations were conducted and mentors were assigned to accomplish these goals. Analysis of the data revealed that: (1) there was an increase in the teen mothers' knowledge about basic daily care and the developmental milestones and changes that occurred in their infants; (2) the teen mothers became more sensitive to their infants; (3) the teen mothers felt more supported by significant others; (4) the teen mothers reflected an increase in knowledge about child development and interactional skills of parents. Tables depict results of pre- and post-testing of participants. Contains 37 references. Appendixes provide instruments utilized with participants: Adolescent Parenting Inventory, Parenting Attitude Index, Family Support Checklist and Awareness Checklist. (Author/MKA)
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Ed.D. Practicum Report, Nova Southeastern University.