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ERIC Number: ED556823
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 161
Abstractor: As Provided
ISBN: 978-1-3037-7091-3
The Effects of a Parenting Program on Parenting Practices and Student Misconduct in a Low Performing Elementary School in the Northeastern Region of the United States
Louissaint, Guirlene
ProQuest LLC, Ed.D. Dissertation, Dowling College
The purpose of this study was to determine the effects of a parent-training program on parenting practices and children's misconduct in a predominately low performing school in the Northeastern region of the United States. The study included 26 parents of children in kindergarten through third grade. The participants were predominately African American mothers. Quantitative and Qualitative data was examined to compare the parents' self-reports before and after the parent-training program on the following dimensions: child's misconduct; child's motivation to learn; how parents engage their child in educational activities at home; how parents teach their children discipline, respect; and parents' ability to communicate with their children. The major finding in this study indicated that the dimension, children's misconduct, was statistically significant after the parenting training. An ANOVA analysis indicated that there was a statistically significant difference with the dimension children's misconduct when compared to other dimensions: child's motivation to learn, children discipline, respect, and parents' ability to communicate with their children. A paired sample t test indicates all of the dimensions were statistically significant after parenting training. The results of this study suggest that the parenting training program used in this study was effective in changing parents' perceptions, attitudes, and interpretations of their children's misconduct. Further, parenting programs that specifically focus on parenting skills, children's misconduct, and motivate children to learn can be successful in low performing schools with high rates of children misconduct. An analysis of the qualitative and quantitative data indicated that parents improved their communications skills with their children. Parents indicated that they implemented discipline strategies and positive techniques. Parents reported they observed a reduction in their children's misconduct. Parents were supportive of ongoing parenting training program in the school. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Adult Education; Kindergarten; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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