Date of Award

1-1-2011

Document Type

Campus Access Dissertation

Department

Psychology

Sub-Department

Clinical-Community Psychology

First Advisor

Ronald J Prinz

Abstract

This study examined the potential benefits of parent participation in a one-time seminar on how to effectively help children with homework. Parents were recruited from schools, afterschool programs, and churches in three Southeastern states in the US. Seventy-five parents of elementary school aged children were assigned to one of two groups: 1) intervention or 2) waitlist control group. Results showed that parents who attended the seminar had significantly greater parent self-efficacy at two weeks and ten weeks after the intervention. There was also a trend towards decreased stress for parents in the intervention group. No group differences were found on parent involvement and child initiations for help with homework. Implications for clinical practice and future research are discussed, particularly regarding engagement of community-based agencies and parent participation.

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