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 214 individuals who recently participated
in the 10 session. A brief summary of the results are presented below.
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 (62%),
Caucasian (53%), were on average 41 years old and had at least a college education (61%).
Their marital status was split primarily between being divorced (31%), still married with
both parents living at home (28%) and single (20%) and 55% had an income exceeding $45000
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
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 3.5 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 knowledge/attitudes/beliefs.
Todd Michael Franke, Ph.D.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
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