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ERIC Number: ED516895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 116
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: ISBN-978-1-1097-7121-3
Needs Assessment of Parents of Typical Children Ages 4 to 5 Years Old
Brady, Deon LaMount
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, University of Southern California
Parent education programs have been very successful in meeting the pre-established goals and expectations of their program without the input of parent participants prior to program implementation. Although programs continue to improve, it is important that programs begin to consider the specific needs of their target population. One parent population that has been overlooked in terms needs and concerns, are parents with typical, or normal children. The current study sought to determine the needs of parents with typical or normal children ages 4 to 5 years, in relation to a parent education program. Twenty-four participants that reside in an inner city community, completed an open-ended survey that consisted of questions centered around pre-determined themes; intelligence, behavior, social skills, communication, emotions, family relations, moral development, and discipline. The results of the study concluded that parent participants want a program that provides them with supporting their children's academic progress, how to improve parent-child communication, and how to encourage appropriate social interaction. Furthermore, parents also express the desire to effectively network with other parents in their community through open discussion about topics such as discipline and how to reduce unwanted behavior. Future implications derived from this study suggest that future and existing parent education programs begin to assess the specific needs of parents before program implementation and incorporate culturally relevant topics into the program content. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
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Language: English
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