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Like Father Like Son: Mixed Training Groups For Infants' Parents And Kindergarden Teachers

Quality level: 1

Summary

In Greece, the necessity of intervening in parents with infants and kindergarten teachers is still in dispute, on the grounds that infants do not consist a high-risk group. However, the Prevention Centre of the Prefecture of Pieria - prior to assessing the needs of the specific group - decided to consider infants' parents and kindergarten teachers as key groups in preventing drug use.

Type of intervention:
prevention
Sub-area:
universal
Setting:
school
Type of approach:
family/first childhood
Target group:
adults
Age group:
Annual coverage:
63
Substances addressed:
tobacco, cannabis, opiates, alcohol, ecstasy, cocaine and derivatives, amphetamines, methamphetamines, inhalants/solvents
Evaluation type:
outcome evaluation, impact evaluation, process evaluation
Country:
Greece
Start date:
01/01/2000
End date:

Overall objective

Reinforcing the pedagogical role of kindergarten teachers and infants' parents with regard to communication issues and difficulties related to the infants' psychosocial development.

Abstract

In Greece, the necessity of intervening in parents with infants and kindergarten teachers is still in dispute, on the grounds that infants do not consist a high-risk group. However, the Prevention Centre of the Prefecture of Pieria - prior to assessing the needs of the specific group - decided to consider infants' parents and kindergarten teachers as key groups in preventing drug use. The reasons for that were as follows: children in their infancy undergo the most important phase of their psychosocial development, since in this period the basic traits of their personality are formed, through the interaction between genetical predispositions and environmental stimuli. Parents and kindergarten teachers constitute the "significant others" at this particular developmental phase. These reflections were confirmed by the infants' parents and the kindergarten teachers themselves, during the programme's needs assessment phase. At the Prefecture of Pieria, where the programme is implemented, there are 90 kindergartens with 2.476 infants. The specific objectives of the programme were the following: 1. the infants' parents and kindergarten teachers to acquire communication skills that reinforce the children's self-image. 2. to increase their knowledge on the infant's psychosocial development, particularly the difficulties they may face at this stage. 3. to acknowledge the significance of collaboration between parents and kindergarten teachers in order to adequately prevent adjustment problems in the kindergarten setting. The topics of the group meetings were approached through experiential workshops while counselling techniques from the eclectic model were also employed. In addition, the collaboration and acceptance that were developed through the group-centered approach at the meetings contributed to the realisation of the programme's specific objectives.

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