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Family-Oriented Program Models and Professional Helpgiving Practices

Carl J. Dunst, Kimberly Boyd, Carol M. Trivette and Deborah W. Hamby
Family Relations
Vol. 51, No. 3 (Jul., 2002), pp. 221-229
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3700138
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Family-Oriented Program Models and Professional Helpgiving Practices
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Abstract

The relationship between different models of family level interventions and two components of practitioner helpgiving (relational practices and participatory practices) was examined in two studies of parents of young children involved in different kinds of family oriented helpgiving programs. Relational and participatory aspects of helpgiving were found to be practiced less often in professionally centered programs compared to other kinds of family oriented programs. Participatory helpgiving practices that provided parents with (a) choices and options and (b) opportunities to be involved in both solutions to problems and acquisition of knowledge and skills that strengthen functioning were more likely to be found in programs that were family centered. Findings are discussed in terms of the importance of the models used to structure social and human services program practices.

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