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ERIC Number: ED559007
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 125
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: 978-1-3032-8012-2
Effects of the Nurturing Parenting Program on At-Risk Parents' Perceptions, Attitudes, and Expectations
Akins, Polly J.
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, Walden University
Parent education programs have been shown to be effective family-based interventions for preventing child abuse and neglect; however, to ensure their effectiveness, they must be continually evaluated. The purpose of this quantitative study was to provide a comprehensive evaluation of the effectiveness of the Nurturing Parenting Program for changing the parental perceptions, attitudes, and expectations of 86 court-mandated (Group 1) and volunteer (Group 2) at-risk parents recruited from a family service program in a rural city in Ohio. Based on social learning theory, this study used a pre- and post-test mixed factorial ANOVA design to assess secondary data collected from the Adult Adolescent Parenting Inventory-2 (AAPI-2) to determine whether the Nurturing Parenting Program was an effective method of parental education. Results of the pre- and post-test AAPI-2 were compared for the court-mandated (Group 1) and volunteer (Group 2) participants to assess the program's effectiveness. There was a significant difference in parental attitudes scores before and after participation in the program for both groups; however, there were no significant differences for either group between pre- and post-test or at post-test for parental perceptions or expectations. This study contributes to positive social change by providing empirical data to family therapists, social service agencies, and community outreach centers on an effective parent education program that helps influence positive parenting skills and build strong families and communities. The Nurturing Parenting Program has the potential to reduce the generational cycle of abuse that impacts the relationship between parents, children, and communities. [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: Adult Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio