ERIC Number: ED449255
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
The Nurturing Parenting Programs. Family Strengthening Series. Juvenile Justice Bulletin.
Bavolek, Stephen J.
This bulletin describes how parenting patterns are learned and how the Nurturing Parenting Programs, a group- and home-based intervention effort begun with the support of the National Institute of Mental Health, help stop generational cycles of abuse and neglect by building nurturing parenting skills. Section 1 examines the need for effective intervention. Section 2 discusses how parenting patterns are learned (process and product, abusive and nurturing parent continuum, parent experiences, and behavior and self-image). Section 3 examines abusive parenting and childrearing (e.g., inappropriate parental expectations of children, lack of empathy toward children's needs, and belief in the value of physical punishment). Section 4 discusses theoretical assumptions of the Nurturing Parenting Programs (the family is a system, empathy is the most desirable quality in nurturing parents, parenting exists on a continuum, and no one truly prefers abusive interactions). Section 5 examines program objectives, including: stopping the intergenerational cycle of abuse by building parenting skills, reducing recidivism rates in families receiving social services, and reducing juvenile delinquency rates among at-risk youth. Section 6 presents program content, including target populations, adaptations for special populations, program formats, staff, and session content. Section 7 discusses facilitator qualifications and training. Section 8 describes program evaluation, which indicates that participants show significant posttest changes in parenting attitudes and childrearing practices. (Contains 14 references.) (SM)
Descriptors: Adolescents, Asian Americans, At Risk Persons, Blacks, Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Rearing, Children, Corporal Punishment, Empathy, Hispanic Americans, Minority Groups, Parent Child Relationship, Parent Role, Parenting Skills, Program Evaluation, Self Concept
Juvenile Justice Clearinghouse, P.O. Box 6000, Rockville, MD 20849-6000. Tel: 800-638-8736 (Toll Free); Fax: 301-519-5600; Web site: http://www.ncjrs.org/puborder.
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Department of Justice, Washington, DC. Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.