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    Preliminary Evaluation of an Innovative, Brief Parenting Program Designed to Promote Self-Regulation in Parents and Children. Mindfulnes



    Summary: For improving the performance at school of children who grew up in a low income household, a two-generation approach program to increase both parent and child self-regulation can be helpful.

    Source: SpringerLink.

    Have you ever wondered what is your exact role that can be responsible for your child’s performance in school? There are several theories about this particular question, one of the theories being that children who grow up in low-income households tend to be less socially, academically, and emotionally ready at school. Self-regulation has been extracted as a key factor underlying children’s academic achievement and social–emotional competence and which can be promoted through effective parenting.

    There exists only a few existing parenting programs that besides teaching behavioral parenting skills also address parents’ self-regulation skills or promote strategies so that they can cope with income-related stress and adversity. Although the systematic evaluation of the added benefit of incorporating these practices into parenting programs is still required to understand its exact benefits.

    Washington University of the United States conducted a preliminary evaluation of a brief parenting program whose objective is to promote young children’s social–emotional competence, self-regulation, and academic readiness by enhancing parent mindfulness, and evidence-based parenting practices.
    Analysis was conducted in two early learning programs serving low-income families. People involved in the study received on site limited training and supervision to deliver the program and to test the feasibility of implementing a program with lower resource demands. Observed and self-reported alteration in parenting (increased scaffolding and consistency, decreased rejection and negativity), self-reported alteration in parent self-regulation, and observed and mother-reported alterations in child adjustment (increased social competence, decreased negative affect, and improved academic readiness) were demonstrated.

    Though this was only the pilot study, it yielded promising initial evidence for a two-generation approach (involving both the child and the parent) to increase both parent and child self-regulation in families that are at risk.

    Published: SpringerLink.

    Contact: Liliana J. Lengua, Department of Psychology, University of Washington.

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