Mental health, Parent and child


The study understood to determine the effect parent training program have on parental mental well-being and whether the reason parents enter training affects their initial level of mental well-being or the outcome of the training. A review of the research literature reveals that parents are the appropriate subjects to train to change children's behavior and personalities. The literature does not support the theory that parents cause children's behavior and personalities, but we can conclude that parents are a definite, important influence in these areas. In the process of learning to impact their children, the parents participating in parent education programs often change their own attitudes and behavior. There is an abundance of research literature available about changing children, but little adequate data about changing parents. Some information is reported about attributes and changes of parents resulting from parent education training. Although we have found that parent education programs positively influence the mental well-being of children, it is of interest to the authors of this paper if parents are thus affected by parent training. If this is indeed so, it would be profitable for the psychological welfare of the nation to devote more public funds and energy into parent education. In order to establish an empirical meaning for "mental well-being" or "mental health" it was necessary to search the literature for mental health indicators. Since the mental health concept is confounded by the personal values of the researchers, it was very difficult to create an adequate operational definition of positive mental health. In reviewing all the commonalities of the available material, we chose attitude toward oneself and attitude toward others as the most important indicators of mental health. Parents were tested on these two variables using a valid, standardized instrument. To determine whether the reason parents enter training affects the outcome of training, we were able to test two types of parents, those who voluntarily enter training and those who were forced into training by action of their children (runaway, truancy, drug involvement). The background, experimental methods, results and conclusions of the study are reported on the following pages.


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McGuire, John M.


Master of Science (M.S.)


College of Social Sciences

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Clinical Psychology








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Mental health, Parent and child

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John M. McGuire (Q59421427)

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