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NCJ Number: 150598 Find in a Library
Title: Risk Factors for Dropping Out of a Parenting Education Program
Journal: Child Abuse and Neglect  Volume:18  Issue:7  Dated:(July 1994)  Pages:599- 606
Author(s): N L Danoff; K J Kemper; B Sherry
Date Published: 1994
Page Count: 8
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A Seattle parent education program directed to low- income, inner-city mothers of children under age 1 was studied in terms of the risk factors for dropping out of the program.
Abstract: The program was offered at three health centers providing comprehensive pediatric care to low-income families. Baseline information was obtained from an intake questionnaire, the Nursing Child Assessment Teaching Scale (NCATS), and the Home Observation for Measurement of the Environment (HOME). Of the 172 enrollees, 124 (72 percent) completed the program. Univariate analyses revealed that dropouts were more likely to be located at Clinic Site Three (42 percent versus 10 percent), teenaged (44 percent versus 23 percent), and black (56 percent versus 32 percent), and to have HOME scores less than 32 (57 percent versus 33 percent). No significant differences existed between those who dropped out and those who did not in marital status, education, referral rate to child protective services prior to the start of parenting classes, or NCATS scores. Multivariate analyses revealed that an age less than 20 was significantly associated with dropping out when race and HOME scores were taken into account. Findings suggest that program planners need to develop appropriate strategies to retain teenage mothers in parenting programs. Tables and 26 references (Author abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Child victims
Index Term(s): Adolescent parents; Child abuse prevention; Children at risk; Parent education; Washington
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