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Title: An exploration of the effectiveness of parenting programme in reducing parent-adolescents conflicts in Hong Kong
Author: Low , Yiu Tsang Andrew
Awarding Body: University of Bristol
Current Institution: University of Bristol
Date of Award: 2012
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This study explores the experiences of Hong Kong Chinese parents after joining a school-based parenting programme that aimed to reduce conflict with their adolescent children. Participants were recruited from Northern District Hong Kong. Sixty-five parents participated in seven experimental groups while twenty six parents agreed to join the waiting list comparison group. Qualitative data indicated that parents were able to benefit from the programme by improving their communication skills and improved relationships with their adolescent children. In addition, parents were also able to benefit from learning new parenting skills and gain more understanding of their adolescents after joining the programme. They also benefited from the role-play and the supportive environment of tile group as well as facilitators' sharing of their social work experience in working with other parents by giving examples. Quantitative data indicated that there were statistically significant reductions in conflicts between participants and their adolescents children, lower parenting stress and improvement in the behaviour of the adolescents. Nevertheless, RM-ANOVA result indicated there were similar pattern of reductions in scores in both experimental groups and comparison group. The significant reduction in Scores could not be attributed to the effect of the programme. Finally, this study showed that the Hong Kong Chinese parents in this study hold strong Chinese parenting beliefs like spending lots of time involving themselves in their adolescent's academic work, being reluctant to 'give autonomy to their adolescents; but at the same time showed acceptance of new parenting skills to improve their relationship with their adolescents. This study indicated there were no negative comments from parents who participated in the programme. Nevertheless. further research might focus on the need for some modification of the programme by having more sessions and more culturally sensitive elements within the programme which make further adaptations to Hong Kong Chinese culture.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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