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Masters Thesis


School for Social Work


Parenting-Study and teaching, Narrative therapy, Parents-Psychology, Self-efficacy, Parent education


The purpose of this study was to explore whether narrative therapy techniques helped to foster self-efficacy in the context of parent education. In particular this researcher was interested in whether utilizing a narrative approach while facilitating a parent education class would result in parents feeling more confident in their abilities as parents then in a parent education class utilizing a different pedagogy. Two focus groups were held with two parent education groups, two interviews were conducted each with one facilitator from each parenting group and a pre- and post- parent self-efficacy measure was given at the beginning and at the end of each of the parent education series. The findings of this study suggest narrative therapy, when used in the context of parent education, may contribute to an individual's propensity to make meaning from her past experience, and that this meaning making may contribute to learning and ultimately increased parent self-efficacy.




iv, 76 p. Thesis (M.S.W.)--Smith College School for Social Work, Northampton, Mass., 2009. Includes bibliographical references (p. 56-58)