ERIC Number: EJ1158020
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Nov
Abstractor: As Provided
Development of a Parenting Support Program to Prevent Abuse of Adolescents in South Africa: Findings from a Pilot Pre-Post Study
Cluver, Lucie D.; Lachman, Jamie M.; Ward, Catherine L.; Gardner, Frances; Peterson, Tshiamo; Hutchings, Judy M.; Mikton, Christopher; Meinck, Franziska; Tsoanyane, Sibongile; Doubt, Jenny; Boyes, Mark; Redfern, Alice A.
Research on Social Work Practice, v27 n7 p758-766 Nov 2017
Purpose: Violence against children increases in adolescence, but there is a research and practice gap in research-supported child abuse prevention for the adolescent years. A pilot program for low-resource settings was developed in collaboration with nongovernmental organizations, government, and academics in South Africa, using research-supported principles. Method: This study used a pre-post design to test initial effects of a 10-session parenting program with 60 participants (30 caregiver-adolescent dyads) in high-poverty rural South Africa. Areas requiring further testing and adaptation were also identified. Results: Pre-post findings show medium to large program effects in reducing child abuse and adolescent problem behavior, as well as large effects in improvements of positive parenting, and perceived parent and adolescent social support. Discussion: There is potential to reduce child abuse, improve parenting, and reduce adolescent problem behavior in rural South Africa through parenting programs. Further development, testing and longer term follow-up are required to ascertain potential for scale-up.
Descriptors: Family Programs, Parent Education, Adolescents, Foreign Countries, Rural Areas, Pilot Projects, Pretests Posttests, Child Abuse, Family Violence, Prevention, Check Lists, Child Behavior, Behavior Problems, Parent Child Relationship, Social Support Groups, Program Effectiveness, Child Rearing, Parents, Statistical Analysis
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Adult Education
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Identifiers - Location: South Africa
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Child Behavior Checklist
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