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Summer 2002, Vol. 7, No. 2
ISSN 1540 5273

Feature Article


A Logic Model Application: Community-University Collaboration

Sherry C. Betts, The University of Arizona, and Marta Elva Stuart, Arizona Cooperative Extension, Yavapai County

Abstract

The logic model is being used for program planning and evaluation by Cooperative Extension in many states. In Arizona, an agent and a specialist worked together to develop the logic model for a joint community-university project. The process required the agent and specialist to discuss assumptions each held about conducting action research in the community; carefully assess the environment, their roles, and responsibilities; and come to consensus on the current situation. The use of the logic model facilitated collaborative work as it made explicit the required inputs, activities, participants, and short-, medium-, and long-term outcomes.


Programs to Showcase


Success and the Single Parent

Millie Ferrer, University of Florida

Abstract

Over the past 30 years, the number of single-parent households increased dramatically. Being a single parent in today=s society can be overwhelming and stressful. Success and the Single Parent, a five-part curriculum, was created in response to a call by single parents and educators for a curriculum specifically designed to assist with the inevitable challenges of single parenthood. Lesson topics include money and time management, positive parenting, and taking care of self. The curriculum includes marketing tools, lesson plans, activity sheets, post-it sheets, case studies, role play situations, and fact sheets. The curriculum also has an evaluation survey consisting of five domains (corresponding to the five lessons), with four to five questions in each domain. Results of the evaluation surveys for 2000-2001 indicate that the majority of single parents completing the series reported doing "much better" to Abetter@ in each of the five domains (combined percentages ranging from 61-90). From further review, inferences can be made for planning future programs for single parents.


Bridging the Miles: Long Distance Families

Janet Fox, University of Nebraska, and Leslie Crandall, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Service

Abstract

Today's families are on a fast track. One of the realities of our mobile society is that entire families from grandparents to brothers and sisters --- sometimes even husbands and wives --- don't live in close proximity to each other. While living apart can cause family stress, families can strengthen ties across the miles with just a little extra effort and thoughtful planning.


A Promising Program: Building Family Strengths

Deborah J. Thomason, Clemson University

Abstract

The Building Family Strengths program takes a holistic approach to help families cope with the stresses of society. The program combines the experiential learning activities for adults and children, allowing them to learn together. The curriculum has been packaged according to age level and includes preschool, elementary, middle/junior high, senior high, and adult modules. Building Family Strengths program materials are available for distribution to other states and agencies. A research and evaluation project is currently being designed to determine long-term program effectiveness.


Reviews


Resources on Wildfire Prevention and Recovery

Kenneth R. Tremblay, Jr., Colorado State University

Review of Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls by Rachel Simmons

Katherine J. Follett, Elon University

Review of Queen Bees and Wannabes by Rosalind Wiseman

Katherine J. Follett, Elon University


Perspectives


A Critical Analysis of Recent Claims About the Atkins-Style Diet

Sarah Ash, NC State University


Recent Developments


Updates in parenting education, cost of long-term care, custody rights of parents, and the black box of the automobile.

Contributions by: Karen DeBord, Judy McKenna, Laurel Kubin, and Carol Schwab.


Editor's Corner


Do Aggressive Behaviors in Girls Carryover to Adulthood?

Carol A. Schwab, NC State University

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