Intro brief: The Knox County Head Start summary report shows the pre- and post- test results for two sessions of their Conscious Discipline-based Head Start Conscious Parenting Training series. All participants observed improvement in all seven of the parental abilities/skills categories tested.

Type of report: Research report, descriptive non-experimental pre-/post-test

Summary:

Study design

Participants completed surveys before and after completing a six lesson workshop series on Conscious Discipline. A group of 27 parents participated in a fall session and a group of 31 parents participated in a winter session, for a total of 58 participants. The participant surveys included seven different parental abilities and skills.

Results

For the 58 parents that attended all six sessions, there was an observed improvement in all seven parental abilities/skills categories. Parents’ feedback included greater awareness of how their internal state affected others (96.8%), feeling more connected to their children (100%), acquiring techniques for calming themselves before approaching a scenario with their children (87.2%) and fewer aggressive acts (73.3%). 100% of parents would recommend the series to a friend.

In the fall session, 92.6% of parents reported a rating of 4 (most of the time) or 5 (almost always), and/or improvement in at least four parenting abilities/skills. In the same group, 70.4% reported a 4 or 5 rating and/or improvement in all seven key parenting abilities/skills.

In the winter session, parents reported a 100% rating of 4 (most of the time) or 5 (almost always), and/or improvement in at least four parenting abilities/skills. Within this group, 67.7% rated a 4 or 5 and/or improvement in all seven parenting abilities/skills.

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