ERIC Number: EJ854135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Jun
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An Evaluation of a Parenting Class Curriculum for Parents of Young Children: "Parenting the Strong-Willed Child"
Conners, Nicola A.; Edwards, Mark C.; Grant, April S.
Journal of Child and Family Studies, v16 n3 p321-330 Jun 2007
Young children with high levels of acting out behaviors present a challenge for families, caregivers, and the childcare system. The "Parenting the Strong-Willed Child" ("PSWC") parenting class curriculum program is a 6-week, group based parent education program designed for parents of children with noncompliance problems (ages 2-8). The "PSWC" program was offered at no cost to parents enrolled in 8 Head Start centers, and parents were invited to participate in a program evaluation study. Seventy-one families enrolled in the study and completed at least one "PSWC" session. From pre- to post-test, parents reported significant improvements in both the frequency and intensity of child behavior problems. Parents also reported significant reductions in parenting stress, as well as improvements in their parenting behaviors, including a reduction in the use of lax discipline techniques and emotional reactivity in the context of discipline encounters. All improvements were sustained six months later. These preliminary results are encouraging, and point to the need for a more rigorous, controlled evaluation of the "PSWC" parenting class curriculum.
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Discipline, Program Evaluation, Disadvantaged Youth, Parent Education, Child Rearing, Young Children, Child Behavior, Program Effectiveness, Compliance (Psychology), Stress Management, Parenting Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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