KIPS Blog: Parenting Assessment in Practice & Research

Parenting Matters! Guide to Effective Intervention

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Wed, Sep 13, 2017 @ 12:05 PM

A year ago in the KIPS Blog we announced the exceptional Parenting Matters report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. We are delighted that they have developed an interactive infographic on the Elements of Effective Intervention to make it easy to find the information you seek in this 400-page book. The infographic  links graphics to relevant chapters of the comprehensive 2016 report. Simply click on the graphics in the 7 slides of the infographic to go to specific sections of the report to learn more about each topic. You can purchase the entire book or, thankfully, download the full text of the report as a PDF at no charge. 

In case ou missed it, below is our previous description of the contents of the report.

 A 400-page report, Parenting Matters! has just been released by the National Academies of Science. This title is music to the ears of those of us who have made a career of working to promote quality parenting.  The report from the United States premier scientific authority validates our work, as is clear from its full title:Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8.  It reveals the results of a study sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, along with the Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as several private foundations. 

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Tags: parenting matters, family support-partnership-services, parenting skills, evidence-based

Good News: US Policy Changes Reflect Parenting Research!

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Mon, Oct 24, 2016 @ 05:14 PM

Raise your hand if you’re in favor of positive parent-child relationships. . . .  My hand’s up.  Is yours?  The great news is we are not alone.  We now have friends in high places. If you are affiliated with a family service organization, it’s likely that promoting positive parent-child relationships has been one your major program outcomes for years (see listings in HOMVEE, CEBC). In 2016, the U.S. government has followed in your footsteps and written the parent-child relationship into policy.  During the last couple of months we’ve seen 3 major federal announcements spotlighting parenting.  At last, policy for child and family services is following the longstanding research detailing the benefits of positive parenting for children’s health, brain development and learning.

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Tags: parenting skills, Head Start, Early Head Start, Parenting Assessment, family support-partnership-services, evidence-based, MIECHV

Congratulations! Uncle Sam Believes Your Support for Quality Parenting Matters

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Sep 20, 2016 @ 06:00 AM

A new 400-page report, Parenting Matters! has just been released by the National Academies of Science. This title is music to the ears of those of us who have made a career of working to promote quality parenting.  The report from the United States premier scientific authority validates our work, as is clear from its full title:Parenting Matters: Supporting Parents of Children Ages 0-8.  It reveals the results of a study sponsored by the Administration for Children and Families, along with the Department of Education, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as several private foundations. 

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Tags: parenting matters, family support-partnership-services, parenting skills, evidence-based

A “Collapse of Parenting” Needs to Be Assessed Carefully

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Jun 14, 2016 @ 12:12 PM

I first heard about this book on a National Public Radio broadcast from nearby Philadelphia during which Dr. Sax was interviewed about his fourth book on parenting. Leonard Sax, MD, PhD, is an experienced family practice physician who is also trained in psychology. The Collapse of Parenting:  How We Hurt Our Kids When We Treat Them Like Grown-Ups is his latest book that offers advice for parents to raise healthier children and teenagers.

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parent-child relationship, protective factors, evidence-based

Parents Need Evidenced-Based Advice: A Modest Proposal

Posted by Marilee Comfort on Tue, Dec 09, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

An article in the Washington Post caught my eye last week.  It’s titled Americans are obsessed with parenting advice. So why are our kids so miserable? and written by Diana Divecha, a Developmental Psychologist at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.  Divecha claims, “Americans are obsessed with parenting advice. Bloggers, magazines, whole Web sites urge us to do more. Or less.  Be more Chinese they implore. Or more French.”  She’s referring to recently published books and accompanying media campaigns that highlighted the variety of parenting approaches for raising children:  Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother and Bringing Up Bébé: One American Mother Discovers the Wisdom of French Parenting.  Another article, Thank You to My Dolphin (Not Tiger) Mom, describes a more adaptive approach of parenting.  The so-called Dolphin Mom uses an authoritarian style of warmth and affection, accompanied by rules, expectations, learning through consequences, and flexibility. 

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Tags: Parenting Assessment, parenting practices, parenting styles, protective factors, evidence-based