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December 2013Vol. 14, No. 9Parenting Class Evaluation

A new factsheet, Parent Education Changes Lives, presents the results of a recent evaluation of a parent education program aimed at improving parenting attitudes that are related to child abuse and neglect. The evaluation suggests that the program does improve participants' attitudes regarding parental expectations, empathy, harsh punishment, and appropriate parent-child roles.

The Nurturing Parenting Program is an 8-week series of classes, utilizing the ABCs of Parenting curriculum, that helps families learn about child development, effective discipline, handling stress, and building family cohesion. The classes are offered in both English and Spanish by Stop Child Abuse Now (SCAN) of Northern Virginia in an effort to reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect in the community.

The program evaluation of the classes that was conducted by Hyra Consulting showed a significant reduction of high-risk parenting attitudes. The results suggest that parents who have completed the program will retain lower-risk attitudes, have more appropriate expectations based on the child's developmental stage, and be less likely to have a substantiated case of child maltreatment.

The factsheet is available from the SCAN website: (145 KB)