ERIC Number: EJ862385
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 57
Relationships between Low-Income African American Mothers and Their Home Visitors: A Parents as Teachers Program
Woolfolk, Tara N.; Unger, Donald G.
Family Relations, v58 n2 p188-200 Apr 2009
Relationships that developed between low-income African American mothers and home visitors in a Parents as Teachers program were studied. Qualitative open-ended interviews were conducted with mothers. Results indicated that even though the program was designed to deliver the same curriculum to all parents, there were differences in the focus of the visits. Mothers actively made efforts to shape the focus of the mother-home visitor relationships. Diversity within mother-home visitor relationships was associated with the fit between a mother's perceptions of her home visitor and home visiting services and her parenting needs. Implications are provided for enhancing the responsiveness of home visiting programs to the needs of low-income African American parents and for conducting program evaluations in ways that assess home visiting programs in the context of diverse parent-home visitor relationships.
Descriptors: African Americans, Mothers, Parents as Teachers, Home Visits, Low Income Groups, Parent Role, Interviews, Parent Attitudes, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Child Rearing, Early Intervention, At Risk Persons
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