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ERIC Number: ED197004
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1978
Pages: 17
Abstractor: N/A
Training for Inner City Parents in Child Rearing: Why Fried Chicken Franchises for Parenting Don't Work.
James, Richard; Etheridge, George
In an effort to examine the effectiveness of commercially produced parent education programs, a child management and communication class given for Memphis, Tennessee, inner city parents is evaluated in this paper. The program, sponsored by the Mid-South Teacher Corps Project, utilized two models: (1) Becker's 1971 "Parents Are Teachers: A Child Management Program," which is devoted to behavior management techniques and has been used extensively with low socioeconomic status parents; and (2) Dinkmeyer's and McKay's 1976 "Systematic Training for Effective Parenting: STEP," a model that is based on Rudolph Dreikur's philosophy of child training, emphasizes sequential development of communication skills, and has been used with mostly middle class parents. Due to what the authors perceive to be mistakes on the part of the trainers, the initial enrollment of twenty-five parents decreased to only four by the third session. One problem identified is that initial sessions were not sufficiently directed toward parents' specific concerns. The strictly sequenced approach of the Becker program model was found to be only marginally useful. Even greater difficulties were encountered in using the second model. Recommendations are offered for adapting these two models for use with low socioeconomic status parents and for enhancing the effectiveness of parenting programs in general. It is concluded that "pre-packaged" parenting programs present so many problems that it is more practical for trainers to design their own program to fit a given situation. (GC)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Tennessee (Memphis)