Date of Award

Summer 1983

Document Type

Dissertation - Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Advisor

Dupuis, Adrian

Second Advisor

Ivanoff, John

Third Advisor

Martin, Thomas


The effectiveness of a school-age mothers program was evaluated with respect to four variables: positive self-concept, knowledge of child development, attitudes toward children and proficiency in parenting skills. The evaluation was based on pretest and posttest measurements of twenty-five subjects. Three standardized tests and an observation schedule constructed for the study were administered. The clearest finding regarding effectiveness related to the acquisition of the practice of parenting skills, which was the most tangible thrust of the program. The three other qualities showed no statistically significant change, although weak positive trends were noted. Judged in terms of its own goals the program under study appeared to have been moderately successful.



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