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NCJ Number: 150364 Find in a Library
Title: Learning Parenting: A Review of the Literature on Parent Education
Corporate Author: Ontario Teachers' Federation
Date Published: Unknown
Page Count: 25
Sponsoring Agency: Ontario Teachers' Federation
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2B5, Canada
Publication Number: ISBN 0-88872-068-8
Sale Source: Ontario Teachers' Federation
1260 Bay Street
Suite 700
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2B5,
Type: Report (Technical Assistance)
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: This report, part of a series intended to assist child abuse prevention efforts, reviews trends and programs in parent education in Canada and elsewhere, as well as their rationales, objectives, advantages, and limitations.
Abstract: The literature reveals several requirements for competency in parenthood, including a sense of self-worth, knowledge of child development, a capacity for intimacy or caring, a commitment to the interests of the child, and resources in the form of financial and emotioal support networks. Today's parents need education because they lack practical experience to prepare them to raise their own children. Formal delivery systems for adult parent education include individual counseling and lectures with or without discussion and experiential learning. All forms depend on capable leadership and usually have a theoretical foundation to structure the content. Programs often use a middle-class model that fails to recognize the needs and skills of the parent population. Parent education for youth is a recent development. It is usually directed to pregnant teenagers and adolescent mothers or is offered as a school course. Overall, parent education remains an optional activity for adults and youth. Whether or not the child abuse issue will be the catalyst for universal parent education is unknown, although many parent education courses address the known causes of child abuse. The challenge now is to synthesize child abuse prevention strategies with a holistic, positive image of parenthood and children in a cumulative curriculum for kindergarten through 12th grade to help peole flourish in their immediate and future families. Reference notes and 70 references
Main Term(s): Juveniles
Index Term(s): Child abuse prevention; Child development; Educators child-abuse neglect role; Foreign juvenile delinquency; Ontario; Parent education; Parental influence
Note: Book II in the series Breaking the Cycle: Child Abuse Prevention
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