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ERIC Number: EJ798942
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0278-095X
Enhancing Parenting Practices of At-Risk Mothers
Akai, Carol E.; Guttentag, Cathy L.; Baggett, Kathleen M.; Noria, Christine C. Willard
Journal of Primary Prevention, v29 n3 p223-242 May 2008
This study evaluated the effectiveness of an intervention designed to improve early parenting by increasing understanding of infant developmental needs and promoting maternal responsiveness as indicated by increased positive behavior support for infants and decreased psychological control. At-risk mothers were randomly assigned to control or treatment conditions, the latter consisting of training in parental responsiveness, developmental knowledge, and loving touch. Following the intervention, treatment mothers reduced their controlling tendencies; they were less rigid, less intrusive, and more flexible than control mothers. Treatment mothers provided more parental support indicated by higher quality verbalizations, more demonstrative teaching, and lower role-reversal tendencies. Editors' Strategic Implications: Further replication will be necessary, but the results for the "My Baby and Me" program are promising. The authors provide crucial information for parent educators about the pairing of basic knowledge transfer with the active engagement of parents with their infants in practicing new parenting skills. [This research was supported by ACF and NIH grants.]
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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Language: English
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