CorStone’s Family Resilience Program (FRP), which has reached nearly 200 parents in San Rafael and Marin City, CA since 2009, has just completed its fourth session in San Rafael with low-income Spanish-speaking parents. The results are in, and the program has again delivered measurable impact!
The 2011-2012 FRP provided in San Rafael consisted of one fall and one spring session of the approximately 3 month program conducted in weekly 2 hour group sessions. The sessions implemented a blended model of the evidence-based parenting curriculum of Abriendo Puertas (‘Opening Doors’) with facilitated peer support sharing utilizing the ‘Attitudinal Healing’ model (Jampolsky).
Evaluations showed meaningful improvements in 1) parenting skill knowledge levels, 2) parenting confidence levels, and 3) emotional status, including levels of happiness, isolation, self-esteem, depression, and connection with spouse in all participants.
…and the results! Highlights include:
- Confidence in advocacy capabilities nearly doubled. Before participating in the program, only 33% of parents felt ‘very sure’ of their ability to advocate for their children. By endpoint, 64% indicated that they felt ‘very sure’ and 97% indicated that they felt ‘sure’ or ‘very sure’ of their advocacy abilities.
- Self-esteem increased by almost 70%. When asked about their self-image at the start of the program, only 42% said that they felt ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ good about themselves. By the end of the program, fully 71% said they now felt ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ good about themselves.
- Health-related knowledge improved by 48%. Before participating in the program, only 48% of parents answered health-related questions correctly. By the end of the program, a full 70% were able to answer these questions correctly.
- Isolation showed a strong downward trend. At baseline, only 28% of participants felt ‘not at all’ isolated. By endpoint, a full 72% felt ‘not at all isolated.’
- Connection to spouse or partner increased throughout the program. Those who reported feeling ‘very’ or ‘extremely’ connected to their spouse or partner increased from 71% to 94%.
Participants greatly enjoyed being part of the groups, as exemplified by one participant who stated:
“I learned to have better communication and more patience with my children, to eat healthier, how to find other places that I can go for more information, and that it is never too late to do things today rather than put them off until tomorrow.”
The program produced a moderate to large effect size on all three indices of parenting skill knowledge, parenting confidence, and parental emotional status.
CorStone would like to thank the Bella Vista Foundation for their generous continued support of the FRP. We look forward to expanding the program further during the next sessions, set to begin Fall 2012.
Photo credit: Laura Kudritzki photography