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ERIC Number: ED433153
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Nov
Pages: 26
Abstractor: N/A
The Impact of a Parent Education Program during Mothers' and Fathers' Transitions to Parenthood.
Fang, Shi-Ruei Sherry; Frizzell, Tracy
This study assessed the impact of a parent education intervention--the Family Infant and Toddler Learning program (FITL)--on mothers and fathers during the transition to parenthood. The program included 76 middle-class, well-educated parents and their children, of which 89 percent were first-time parents and 10.9 percent were second- or third-time parents. Mean age of the children enrolled in the FITL program was 16.9 months. The program consisted of six moderately structured weekly sessions in which developmentally appropriate, skill enhancement techniques were demonstrated and practiced. The subsequent open discussions were also an important component of the intervention. Pre-intervention data from this investigation indicated that the transition to parenthood posed different stresses for mothers and fathers. However, post-intervention data indicated that both parents showed an increase in several areas of adjustment after participation in the program. Mothers reported a statistically significant decrease in parenting stress related to restriction and an increase in social support, whereas fathers reported statistically significant increases in marital adjustment and a reduction of parenting stress related to competence. (HTH)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A