Research by Dr. Franke at UCLA
BREAKTHROUGH PARENTING PROGRAM EVALUATION
The evaluation of the Breakthrough
Parenting training examined the impact of the training/education on 100 individuals who
recently participated in the 10 session. A brief summary of the results are presented
A pretest-post test design was utilized
for this evaluation. Participants were given the pretest when they first began
participating in the program. The test was administered again upon completion of the ten
sessions. Their responses to each of the items in the 35 item test were scored at both
points as either correct or incorrect.
The majority of the participants were
female (54%), Caucasian (56%), were on average 43 years old and had at least a college
education (77%). Their marital status was split primarily between being divorced (29%),
still married with both parents living at home (27%) and single (23%) and 49% had an
income exceeding $45000 annually.
On the pretest, participants answered 15
of the 35 items correctly (approximately 43% correct), compared to correctly answering 27
out of 35 (approximately 77% correct) on the post test. This represents a statistically
significant gain (p < .05) of 12 items, an improvement of approximately 34 percentage
points. Of the 35 items on the test, participants showed statistically significant
improvement on all 35 items.
All groups represented in the various
characteristics improved by a similar amount from pre to post, with the exception of only
the change in men and women. Men improved 4 points more than women. Examining the means it
is clear that some of the mens improvement comes from the fact that they scored
lower on the pretest. However, both the men and women answered 27 of the 35 questions
correctly on the post, the men simply started out scoring lower on the initial pretest.
Clearly the program has had a
demonstrated impact on increasing, across the board, the participants
Todd Michael Franke, Ph.D.
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
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