CSJP Implements Programme to Help Parents Avoid Coercive Forms of Discipline

first_imgThe results of a Parenting Education Programme implemented by the Citizen Security and Justice Programme (CSJP) III is expected to inform scientific and sociological exploration into the impact of strategic parenting intervention on the use of coercive forms of discipline.The programme, which was rolled out in November 2017, builds on a pilot project that was implemented by the CSJP III in the western section of the island with positive results. The inaugural execution of the programme included the training of 138 parents and 112 Community Parent Trainers (CPTs), who provided one-on-one in-home intensive coaching, over an eight-month period, which ended in June.Psychological Services Coordinator with the CSJP III, Dr. Melva Spence, says the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), one of the funders of the CSJP, has initiated an impact evaluation for the programme, which will be used to determine its success in nurturing in parents, the capacity to engage in effective parenting strategies without the use of coercion. Baseline data was collected prior to implementation of the initiative and follow-up surveys were conducted at the end of the training period. Final follow-up surveys are expected to be done within another six months, to assist the evaluators in determining whether coercive parenting practices have been reduced and whether other changes are observed.Dr. Spence, who was speaking at a graduation ceremony on October 10, for the 250 parents and CPTs who have received training through the programme, said the results from the initiative will be critical in informing parenting intervention within the Jamaican culture and context.“Parenting education material developed outside of our country are not easily adaptable or even sometimes appropriate for use in our context,” she said.Dr. Spence further noted that with many youth across the communities it serves reporting problematic psychological functioning at the clinical level, the Parenting Education Programme merits attention at the policy level, to address both parental practices and children developmental outcomes. She said the National Parenting Support Commission, a partner on the programme, can also use the results to inform its work going forward.“While the programme cannot claim categorically that the intervention is totally responsible for changes seen, there are individual testimonies that have shown that there were some changes in mutual respect, applying logical consequences, open communication and behaviour modification as an alternative to coercive parenting after family interventions were conducted,” she said.The Parenting Education Programme seeks to reduce the incidents of corporal punishment by parents, to promote positive communication, to help parents establish effective rules, to improve parental involvement in the lives of children, to train parents in conflict resolution techniques and to promote a cadre of CPTs in each region as resource persons in communities to assist parents in achieving the desired goal.“The CSJP’s philosophy on parenting is that all parents with the right kind of help, will develop the capacity to learn and hone parenting skills to teach their children acceptable values and attitudes, and to prepare them to be active, contributing citizens in their families and communities,” Dr. Spence said.According to experts in the field of parenting, lack of adequate parenting skills, lack of adult supervision and a reliance on punitive disciplinary strategies are amongst the greatest challenges. When these are coupled with the coercive behaviour of some parents, it contributes significantly to violent conflicts within families, Dr. Spence said.last_img read more

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Priyanka Gandhi Vadra holds roadshow in Gzb

first_imgGhaziabad: Ahead of 2019 Lok Sabha election, Congress party star campaigner Priyanka Gandhi Vadra held a roadshow in Ghaziabad on Friday and also appealed the residents of the city to vote Dolly Sharma, who is the lok sabha candidate from Congress party in Ghaizabad district.A massive crowd throng into the road show while Gandhi breached her security and went into the crowd of women where she took a small child into her hands and interacted with the local people. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderOn the occasion, she spoke about her party’s minimum income guarantee scheme and asked the ruling party what they did in five years of their tenure. “PM Modi has travelled the world. But in 5 years, has not for once, visited a family in his constituency and ask how they have been. PM hugs all world leaders. Have you ever seen him hug a poor family in Varanasi or other place of the country?” said Gandhi. She also assured the people of the city that Congress will work for welfare people and development not for anyone else. “We have come up with a manifesto which is focused on the development of all the segments of society. The manifesto has been decided after speaking to the shopkeepers, farmers and the young people what they want,” added Gandhi.last_img read more

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Commentary Jordan Hall deserves some Heisman love

Since the year 2000, the Heisman Trophy has been dominated by quarterbacks. Former Alabama running back Mark Ingram is the only non-quarterback to win the trophy since the new millennium began.So when talking about early season Heisman predictions, the conversation tends to be dominated by the signal callers.This year is no exception — Texas A&M’s Johnny Manziel, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater were among the favorites heading into the season to take home the biggest award in college football.Not much has changed three weeks into the season, except for the fact that Miller has yet to play a full game and is most likely out of the race.But even though redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton has garnered most of the headlines stepping in for Miller, there is another player who could be argued as being the MVP for OSU this season.Redshirt-senior running back Jordan Hall is fifth in the nation with 402 rushing yards so far in 2013, to go with six touchdowns for OSU, but you won’t see him on any short lists for Heisman front runners this week.Why not? Why can’t Hall, with those stats, be considered one of the top players in the nation?During the summer, senior running back Carlos Hyde was expected to be the top back for the Buckeyes. That was until Hyde’s involvement in an incident at a Columbus bar in July, which resulted in him getting suspended for three games. In steps Hall, who was tapped as the starter in week one and has taken full advantage.Part of what is keeping the Jeannette, Pa., native out of the race is the game’s development since the 1990s.The era of the mobile quarterback is part of what makes it so difficult for non-quarterbacks to break into the exclusive club of Heisman winners.When players like Tim Tebow or Cam Newton are running for 20 touchdowns to go along with their passing numbers, a running back who has 1,600 yards and 17 touchdowns on the ground (Ingram’s stats the year he won) finds it hard to impress.If Hall can continue the current run, he very well may be OSU’s representative in New York for the Heisman award ceremony come December. But the biggest question for Buckeye running back is how much Hyde changes things in the Buckeye backfield.Hyde will make his return from suspension next week against Florida A&M and depending on how OSU coach Urban Meyer uses him, could have enough of an impact that Hall loses any momentum he has so far this year.But I don’t see that happening.I think Urban Meyer is the kind of coach that likes to go with the hot hand, and right now that is Hall. Hall has to lose his job, rather than have Hyde come in and reclaim it.Buckeye fans should be excited to see what Hall can do for the rest of the season. With Miller’s injuries and Guiton back at No. 2 QB when Miller returns, Hall may be OSU’s best chance at winning another Heisman trophy — which would be the first since Troy Smith won the award in 2006. read more

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