A QUALITATIVE LOOK AT WHAT PARENTS OF
INFANTS AGED BIRTH – 1 YEAR WANT AND NEED IN A
PARENT TRAINING PROGRAM.
Monica Marie Ferro
A Thesis Presented to the
FACULTY OF THE ROSSIER SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
In Partial Fulfillment of the
Requirements for the Degree
MASTER OF MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPY
Copyright 2007 Monica Marie Ferro
Raising an infant can be a difficult task that often requires additional outside support. Parent education/training programs have proven to be a successful means through which important information is communicated and skills are taught; however, such programs often target specialized populations and leave out parents of typically developing children. Consequently, such parents often turn to potentially less reliable sources for parenting information and skills, such as friends, family, books, magazines and the Internet. A parent education program tailored to parents of typically developing infants could prove quite beneficial in communicating important information and teaching skills useful to promoting a child's optimal development. In order to create such a program, the current study focused on surveying and interviewing parents of typically developing infants aged 0-1 year old on what they would want to be included in a parent education program.