Parental mental health is one of the main determinants of children’s outcomes. Excellent evidence based strategies or interventions will be ineffective if the parents’ own emotional health is poor, they will be unable to take them on board or use them consistently.
Bavolek designed it as a result of work with abused and neglected teenagers. Universal public health model Also, its capacity as a universal public health model, to be a strong prevention work tool as well as an intervention work tool with troubled families. EMPATHY: Bavolek way ahead of his time in stressing the importance of empathy. Empathic, responsive parenting not just the fluffy stuff, it has an effect on how children’s brains develop. Further research just published demonstrates that toddlers who lack empathy are more likely to display antisocial behaviour as teenagers. The programme is influenced by social learning theory, how do toddlers learn empathy, how do parents learn empathy? As professionals as well as parents we need to have empathy as our ace card.
RCT came across many of the problems other real world RCT’s experience, some results were inconclusive, happy to discuss this further with anyone. However researchers stated the above.
Effectiveness is important but in the real world so is appropriateness, for practitioners and parents e.g. If programme designed to be delivered by those with a minimum bachelors level qualification may not be suitable for family support workers in children’s centres. If programme needs high level of English literacy may not be appropriate for some communities. Feasibility of delivery e.g. Accessiblity of resources, cost etc and roll out.
Comment Nurturing Programme is effective with wide range of family types and age groups of children. The Nurturing Programme is designed to be a whole population programme, which means it is designed to have an impact on a wide range of families. Parents whose emotional health is poor may need to complete the programme more than once. Universality reduces stigma This weekend Arifa and I training 20 volunteers from UK Islamic mission, incorporating Islamic values into the programme delivery. FL is a charity, we can do this because Sally has been able to secure funding. PGLs have helped us translate our Parenting Puzzle booklet -> Urdu; Somali; Polish – perhaps Welsh in time. Parent Coordinator Richard trialled NP for Parents & Teens with very challenging groups. Ed. Psych, Ealing – NP for families with children with Aspergers/Autism and other special needs. Prison Handbook trialled by Family Links Directors.
Notes: Geographical need –the people we train work in the most deprived neighbourhoods in England We mapped where all the people we trained between 1 January – 31 March 2011 to run parent groups work. The graph below shows that over half our trainees work in the bottom 30% of deprived neighbourhoods in England. This geographical targeting avoids stigma, but ensures that the families who are benefiting from the Programme are among the most needy in the country. A similar look at where our sales of the The Parenting Puzzle goes shows a similar pattern (yet to be quantified in the same way)
Also offer Open College Network accreditation for parents who may have no previous qualifications.
Theoretical Modelof the Nurturing Problem Programme TheoryProgramme Nurture parents’ Relationship empathetic insight into the between poor emotional determinants of parental wellbeing their own behaviour and and quality of meeting their own needs parenting Four constructs of positive parenting: • self-esteem and Intergenerational self-awareness transfer of poor • appropriate expectations parenting practices • positive discipline • empathy Impact of Help parents draw on their poor parent-child experiences as children relationships on to reflect on their children’s: relationships with their • physical health children and empower them • mental health to make changes • education • social competence • employability Meet all learning styles • nervous system through structured experiential learning
Proximal Programme Design Future Outcomes Outcomes10 weekly, 2 hour sessions in groups of 6-10 parents Improve Reduced mental parents’ mental health problems in 2 trained wellbeing parents and children Parent Group Leaders Parenting Puzzle Book, CD, and DVD Improve children’s Improve long-term children’s Provide parents with tools to: educational and work behaviour prospects • develop communication and relationship skills • encourage cooperative, responsible behaviours • manage challenging Disrupt behaviours in a positive way Improve family inter-generational • enhance relationship and relationships cycles of poor nurturing skills parenting, violence,• build confidence and empathy and social inequity