Enhancing Adoptive Parenting: A Test of Effectiveness.
Rushton, Alan. Monck, Elizabeth.
King's College London.
xii, 260 p.
Published: January 2009
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This text reports on a study that investigated whether the addition of one-on-one parenting advice sessions made a difference in families who adopted older children in the United Kingdom compared to those who received routine support services. The book reports on the adopters' perception of the preparation they received to manage the broad range of difficulties the children were presenting, the rationale and context of the two specially devised parenting advice programs employed in the research, and the perceptions of adopters and parent advisers on the parenting advice given and the programs delivered. The study involved 37 families with children between ages 3-8, who were randomly allocated to one of two interventions: behavior parenting advice with a cognitive element (N=10), a tailored adoptive parenting education program (n=9) or to a control group (n=18). The two interventions consisted of 10 weekly sessions of home-based parenting advice. Each program was based on a manual and was delivered by trained and supervised family social workers. Results indicate that at the six-month follow-up, parenting changes were more apparent in the intervention than the control group; negative parenting approaches to misbehavior had significantly reduced in the intervention group compared with controls; small post-intervention improvements were found for the mean level of child problems for the whole group but no significant differences between groups; and parent satisfaction with the parenting advice was high and equivalent in both interventions. 29 tables, 5 figures, and numerous figures.
adoptive parent support groups; cost effectiveness; post adoption services; older child placement; adoption preparation; adoption process; parenting; evidence based practice