Date of Award

Winter 12-11-1997

Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Curt Paulsen

Second Advisor

Sharon Patten


This study examines the success of Children's Service Society of Wisconsin's (CSSW's) in-home parenting skills training program for parents with developmental disabilities or considered low-functioning the referring county social service agency. The purpose of this program is to improve parenting effectiveness in an effort to maintain a safe and nurturing home environment for children in their parental home. Data were collected by administering a parenting effectiveness questionnaire to Children's Service Society of Wisconsin parenting skills trainers on a pre-test-post-test basis. The parenting skills trainers’ evaluated a parent's progress in the parent education program and reported the findings. The results suggested improvement in overall parenting effectiveness for parents who participated in this 12 week, 90 day, program. There was small regression noted on some specific parenting tasks for which the cause is unknown but poverty is speculated.


SC 11.MSW.1997.Flolid.S

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