How Do We Help Parents Make Lasting Change? The Westside Community House (WSCH) Wrap for Success program is designed to facilitate and increase social activity and support among parents who partake in West Side Community House’s parenting classes. Social support is thought to be an important mechanism for maintaining lasting change. WSCH has created additional classes specifically oriented towards increasing communication and fostering of relationships among WSCH members. In addition, they offer monthly groups where graduates of the parenting classes, as well as community members, can partake in activities with their families (e.g., movie nights) or learn more about helpful topics such as housing, finances, and navigating the court system.
Researchers in the Department of Psychological Sciences, including Associate Professor of Psychology, Arin Connell, and Graduate Student in Psychology, Hannah McKillop, have helped WSCH evaluate what their program has added to their pre-existing curriculum for parents. Preliminary results suggest that parents who partake in the class:
Parents were overwhelmingly positive about participation in the class at West Side Community House: 18 out of 20 parents said they would recommend the class to other parents.
When asked whether they were likely to change their parenting behaviors as a result of participation with WSCH or not, parents overwhelmingly stated that they thought they would.