Model Family Programs for Delinquency Prevention
Rating * Model Target * 1-18 Speciality * Family Skills Training
Program * Nurturing Parenting Program
Description *

  The Nurturing Parenting Programs are validated, family-centered programs designed to build nurturing skills as alternatives to abusive parenting and child rearing attitudes and practices. The ultimate outcomes are to stop the generational cycle of child abuse by building nurturing parenting skills; reduce the rate of recidivism; reduce the rate of juvenile delinquency and alcohol abuse; and lower the rate of multipara teenage pregnancies.

Based on a re-parenting philosophy, parents and children attend separate groups that meet concurrently with cognitive and affective activities designed to build self-awareness, positive self-concept/self-esteem and empathy, to teach alternatives to yelling and hitting, enhance family communication and awareness of needs, replace abusive behavior with nurturing, promote healthy physical and emotional development and teach appropriate role and developmental expectations.

Thirteen different programs address specific age groups (infants, school-aged and teens), cultures (Hispanic, South East Asian, African American), and needs (special learning needs, families in alcohol recovery). Group based sessions run from 2 to 3 hours once a week for 12 to 45 weeks. Programs can be implemented in group or home sites. The program includes parenting skills and self-nurturing activities, home practice exercises, family nurturing time, and infant/toddler/preschooler activities and a family hug. The program is designed for all families at risk for abuse and neglect, with children 0-19 years old. In addition, the program has been adapted for Hmong, Hispanic and African American families.

The initial Nurturing Program for Parents and Children 4-12 Years has been extensively field tested. The research included 121 abusive adults and 150 abused child. Significant increases were found in parenting attitudes of both parents and children; Personality characteristics of both parents and children; and Family Interaction Patterns. The subsequent development and validation of additional Nurturing Programs have shown similar results. Participants show significant pre-post changes in parenting attitudes and child rearing practices.

    Contact * Stephen Bavolek, Ph.D. 
    Address* 27 Dunnwoody Court  
        Arden, NC  28704
    Phone * 828 681-8120
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    Website  * 
    Dept. of Health Promotion and Education

Funded by - Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention