Recent Research Report

Enhancing Child Outcomes through High-quality Parent Education

Resilient children and youth are able to experience positive outcomes despite the presence of risk factors that may threaten their development (Masten, 2001). Some researchers have suggested that positive, healthy, effective parenting can increase resilience in children (e.g., Burns et al., 2013; Masten, 2001). Parents are often inundated with information regarding the best way to perform the functions of parenting to ensure children are safe, healthy, and developing to their full potential. Parent education programs can instruct parents in the healthiest parenting styles and the most effective parenting practices and how to use them. Through this, parent education programs can guide and support parents to bolster child and youth outcomes. This research report, based on a thorough review of existing empirical and theoretical literature, describes theoretical underpinnings and common components of highly effective parent education programs, as well as important considerations for various modes of delivery.

Fact Sheet - Enhancing Child Outcomes through High Quality Parent Education

Parent education programs have the potential to enhance child outcomes; however, some programs are more likely than others to lead to these positive outcomes. Parent education programs that are most reliably associated with improved parent and child outcomes are characterized by the key components highlighted in this Fact Sheet.

Military Families and Financial Stress

This report presents a comprehensive review of the literature regarding the ways families, especially military families, are impacted by and function in the context of financial stress. One way to conceptualize financial stress in families is to examine how financial stressors (e.g., loss of employment, unexpected major expenses) threaten families’ present and future security as well as their current and future freedom of choice (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2015). Military families are a special subgroup of all families because their experiences of financial stress occur within the specific context of military service (Hosek & Wadsworth, 2013). Since stress from other areas in life (e.g., marriage, parenting, deployments, separation) interacts with financial stress to impact the functioning of families, in general, and military families, specifically, it is important to reduce financial stress to help lessen the family’s overall stress and improve their general functioning (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, 2016).

Military Families and Financial Stress Fact Sheet

This fact sheet presents information regarding the ways families, especially military families, are impacted by and function in the context of financial stress. One way to conceptualize financial stress in families is to examine how financial stressors (e.g., loss of employment, unexpected major expenses) threaten families’ present and future security as well as their current and future freedom of choice (Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, 2015). Military families are a special subgroup of all families because their experiences of financial stress occur within the specific context of military service (Hosek & Wadsworth, 2013). Since stress from other areas in life (e.g., marriage, parenting, deployments, separation) interacts with financial stress to impact the functioning of families, in general, and military families, specifically, it is important to reduce financial stress to help lessen the family’s overall stress and improve their general functioning (Center for the Study of Traumatic Stress, 2016).

Youth Workers' Professional Development: The Importance of Youth Development Certificate Programs

Youth development has emerged as an important field within the study of human development in recent years. High-quality youth programs can foster positive development of children and adolescents and minimize the likelihood of youth developing problem behaviors. Based on youth programs’ task of promoting positive youth development, it is important to ensure the quality of these programs. A core component of quality youth programming is having well‐trained and competent workers and one emerging method of training youth workers is through a certificate program. This report presents a comprehensive review of the literature regarding the links between youth outcomes, youth programs, youth workers, and the importance of youth development certificate programs, including a listing of six youth development certificate programs available to youth workers. Findings indicate there is need for a high-quality, evidence-based, and standardized youth development certificate program to help ensure the quality of professional development of youth workers, the youth programs where they work, and the outcomes for youth and families they serve. Recommendations are given based on the literature for future avenues of research and youth programming.

Supporting the Healthy Development of Strong Families

Families are faced with a variety of positive and negative challenges throughout the family life cycle. Many families who manage these challenges effectively typically possess nine components that contribute to their strength and resilience: communication, emotion regulation, family cohesion, family recreation and leisure time, financial management, prosocial family values, resilience, religiosity and spirituality, and routines and rituals. Further, strong and resilient military families possess a tenth component: military readiness. This report defines these ten key components for strong family functioning and reviews the importance of families acquiring, developing, and sustaining these ten key components. In addition, a framework for family behavior change is provided and the role of informal and formal networks in creating family changes is discussed. Lastly, an overview of the barriers families face with regard to help-seeking is presented as making familial cultural and behavioral changes can be difficult and often present challenges that need to be overcome.

Supporting the Healthy Development of Strong Families Fact Sheet

Families are faced with a variety of positive and negative challenges throughout the family life cycle. Many families who manage these challenges effectively typically possess nine components that contribute to their strength and resilience: communication, emotion regulation, family cohesion, family recreation and leisure time, financial management, prosocial family values, resilience, religiosity and spirituality, and routines and rituals. Further, strong and resilient military families possess a tenth component: military readiness.

This fact sheet summarizes the findings of the Supporting the Healthy Development of Strong Families research report.

 

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