Process Evaluation of a Parenting Program for Low-Income Families in South Africa.
Lachman, Jamie M. Kelly, Jane. Cluver, Lucie. Ward, Catherine L. Hutchings, Judy. Gardner, Frances.
Published: February 2018
Research on Social Work Practice
Vol. 28, No. 2 , p. 188-202
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Objective: This mixed-methods process evaluation examined the feasibility of a parenting program delivered by community facilitators to reduce the risk of child maltreatment in low-income families with children aged 3–8 years in Cape Town, South Africa (N = 68).; ; Method: Quantitative measures included attendance registers, fidelity checklists, satisfaction surveys, and engagement in home practice activities. Qualitative data included parent interviews, facilitator focus groups, and transcripts from parent groups and facilitator supervision sessions.; ; Results: Quantitative results show high levels of participant involvement, implementation, and acceptability. Thematic analyses identified seven themes related to program feasibility: (a) supporting participant involvement, (b) engagement in collaborative learning, (c) strengthening facilitator competency, (d) delivering nonviolent discipline skills, (e) contextualizing content, (f) receptivity to existing practices, and (g) resistance to new skills.; ; Discussion: Findings suggest that parenting programs derived from evidence-based principles may be feasible in South Africa when situated within a culturally relevant context. (Author abstract)
South Africa; child rearing; parenting skills; parent education; low income families; community based services; child abuse; children at risk