Sharing parenting - An Adlerian approach

Evidence Based Programme

The Raising Children Programme

Evaluation of the Raising Children Programme

Evaluation by the Thomas Coram Research Unit, Institute of Education, University of London

Was the programme effective?
An evaluation of the Raising Children programme in the form of a year-long controlled trial involving 177 families was recently carried out by the Thomas Coram Research Unit. The aim of the study was to establish whether the programme was effective in enhancing parenting capacity, reducing parental stress and bringing about positive changes in relation to children’s challenging behaviour.

All participants acknowledged positive changes in their parenting as a result of the course.
Parents were scored against standardised measures of Strengths and Difficulties, Parenting Daily Hassles and Parental Sense of Competence. These scores changed significantly for parents following participation in the programme, while there were no significant changes in the scores of parents in the control group.

Those who had attended the programme showed a decline in parenting stress, an increase in parenting competence, and reported fewer behaviour problems in their children at the end of the programme.

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Service related research project
Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology – Shane Gallagher, Cambridgeshire Educational Psychology Service

Conclusion
This qualitative study was undertaken to elicit and explore parents’ perceptions of the effectiveness and compatibility of the 1-2-3 Magic and Raising Children parent training courses.

This research demonstrates the overall effectiveness of 1-2-3 Magic and Raising Children from the parents’ perspective and suggests possible underlying means for the effectiveness of these observed changes:

Levac, McCay, Merka & Reddon D’Arcy (2008; p.88) suggest that “when parents feel accepted and supported, they seem to be able to engage in self-reflection specifically related to their parenting styles. In turn, this level of self-reflection may have a positive influence on the process of change in the parents their children, and in the relationships between the parents and their children”.