SSN 1540 5372
June 2006, Vol. 11, No. 1
Using Age-Paced Parenting Newsletters as Teaching Tools in Home Visitation Programs with At-Risk Mexican Immigrant Families.
Joni Weatherspoon, Ph.D., Sally Bowman, Ph.D., Rebecca Hernandez, Ph.D., Clara Pratt, Ph.D.
Spanish-speaking home visitors and Mexican immigrant mothers in a home visiting program for first-time parents at risk for poor child outcomes were interviewed to assess the value of El Primer Año del Bebé (Parenting the First Year), a Spanish language, age-paced parenting newsletter series covering the first twelve months of life. Age-paced newsletters are widely used in Extension programs and typically delivered by mail, but in this program home visitors delivered them personally, using them as a one-to-one teaching tool for families. Home visitors reported that age-paced newsletters provided these parents with important parenting information, particularly to counter family advice that differed from recommended practices. Parents reported reading the newsletter, learning from it, and changing their behavior in response to newsletter content. Full Text...
When Marriages Die: Premarital and Early Marriage Precursors to Divorce.
Sylvia Niehuis, Ph.D., Linda Skogrand, Ph.D., Ted L. Huston, Ph.D.
This paper reviews a series of studies that have addressed the question whether the loss of love and affection early in marriage and long-term marital instability have their roots in couples’ premarital relationships. The findings summarized in this paper suggest that loss of love and affection early in marriage and later marital instability can be traced back to couples’ courtship experiences and that the courtship dynamics of couples who are likely to divorce early in marriage are different from those who are likely to divorce later in marriage. Also, compared to couples who remained stably married over a period of 13 years, couples who divorced had courtships characterized by more extremes regarding the passion and pace of their courtship. Implications of the findings for premarital education are presented. Full Text...
Using a Simulation to Raise Awareness of Issues Faced by Limited Resource Audiences.
Debra Pankow, Ph.D.
Since 1996, North Dakota State University Extension Service has been conducting poverty simulations as professional development for various groups around the state. The immediate impact of those simulations was measured in a post-program survey of 402 participants and then with a follow-up impact evaluation six months to two years after the simulation took place. Both surveys indicated significant change in attitudes, while behavioral changes were less noticeable. In addition, community impacts resulting from a poverty simulation are noted. Full Text...
Sarah L. Ash, Ph.D.
The Great Physician's Rx for Health and Wellness.
Reviewed by Sarah L. Ash, Ph.D.