Exploring the Impacts of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program

  • Author / Creator
    Weber, Natasha
  • This community-based research employed mixed methods to explore how the Parent-Child Mother Goose (PCMG) program strengthens positive parent-child relationships. The research focused on exploring parent-child relationships through attachment theory and selected determinants of parenting (parent self-efficacy and emotion regulation). Research indicates that high levels of parent self-efficacy and emotion regulation are positively linked to secure attachment and positive parent-child relationships. It was hypothesized that the PCMG program promotes these determinates of parenting, thus helping build strong relationships and secure attachment. Previous research on the PCMG program found evidence of positive outcomes such as an increase in confidence, knowledge, and social support in parents and for children, an increase in secure attachment and language development. The literature had yet to quantitatively explore emotion regulation as an outcome of the program and only previous evaluations had briefly examined the experience of program facilitators. The current, mixed methods study was designed in collaboration with the Fort Saskatchewan Families First Society (FSFFS) and was completed in two phases.. The first phase collected qualitative data from, observations, program materials, and focus groups with current and past facilitators (n=17). The second phase gathered quantitative data through pre- and post-test questionnaires filled out by program participants (n=87). Results from this study were promising. The quantitative results indicated that the program seems to increase parents’ sense of competence, self-efficacy and satisfaction in parenting. Qualitative data indicated that the program may influence secure attachment in the child and emotion regulation for the parent. The findings from the focus groups also indicated how the program increases social support and facilitates many of the program outcomes. The study concluded that the PCMG program facilitates learning that promotes positive parent-child relationships, increase parent’s confidence and emotion regulation skills, and develop social support systems for parents. The study has some limitations including the lack of a comparison group and the reliance on self-report methods to measure attachment (which is typically measured through expert observations). Nonetheless, the study added to the existing literature on parenting programs, facilitation techniques, and attachment measurements. As this was a community-based research project, the results will also inform planning, program improvement and funding for the FSFFS. Programs, such as PCMG and community agencies like FSFFS are excellent resources to families and communities as they provide parents the skills, knowledge, strategies, and community support, to feel confident in their parenting abilities, which can positively influence the parent-child relationship and produce healthier families within the community.

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    Master of Science
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    University of Alberta
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    • Family Ecology and Practice
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    • Kushner, Kaysi (Faculty of Nursing)
    • Galovan, Adam (Human Ecology)