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J Child Adolesc Psychiatr Nurs. 1998 Jul-Sep;11(3):107-20.

Parent education: an evaluation of STEP on abusive parents' perceptions and abuse potential.

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  • 1Progressive Home Care, Inc., Durham, NC, USA.

Abstract

PROBLEM:

To examine the effects of a structured, time-limited parent training group on abusive or potentially abusive parents.

METHODS:

A pretest-posttest control group design was used with consenting parents (N = 18) to examine the effects of Systematic Training for Effective Parenting (STEP) on abusive parents' perceptions of their children's behaviors and on the parents' potential to physically abuse. The Adlerian Parental Assessment of Child Behavior Scale and the Child Abuse Potential Inventory were used to measure treatment effects.

FINDINGS:

After participating in STEP, abusive parents had significantly more positive perceptions of their children and were significantly less potentially abusive. Using volunteers, the project cost an average of $100 for each parent.

CONCLUSIONS:

The research lends empirical support to individual psychology and family systems theory. Future research is indicated using larger samples to examine lay vs. professional leadership of the groups, as well as comparisons of different parenting programs with abusive parents.

PMID:
10205417
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