The Young Parenthood Program: A Guide to Helping Young Mothers and Fathers Become Effective Co…

Paperback | March 19, 2014

byPaul Florsheim

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The rate of young unwed couples and teens having children is increasing, and many of these couples choose to "co-parent" children, rather than to marry and remain in a relationship. Young parents are at risk for engaging in dysfunctional parenting practices and intimate partner violence, andface additional challenges on top of their own developmental struggles. Social workers and other mental health services providers can play a role in this process by supporting the interpersonal development of young couples who are at-risk for intimate partner violence, child abuse/neglect, andpaternal disengagement. Unfortunately, many professionals lack formalized training in this area and there are few programs available to give the necessary support. The Young Parenthood Program (YPP) was designed and launched in order to meet this need. YPP is a brief program (12-14 sessions), initiated prior to childbirth when both parents are more willing and able to participate in co-parent counseling. The program is intended to teach the young couple abasic set of interpersonal communication and problem solving skills to provide a foundation for a co-parenting model for raising their child. Clinical trials have indicated that couples who participated in YPP demonstrated better relationship skills, lower rates of intimate partner violence (IPV),less paternal disengagement, and more positive parenting behavior among young fathers. The importance and challenges of working with young fathers who are reluctant to engage and participate is emphasized throughout this proposed guide. The guide is designed to help social workers and practitionersby offering a solution-oriented approach to the challenges of co-parenting among adolescents and young adults. This practitioner's guide would expand the training materials that Florscheim and his colleagues have developed. In addition to the manual itself, the authors are developing a CEU module, to be hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, to try to reach into practitioner markets and encouragethe use of the program.

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The rate of young unwed couples and teens having children is increasing, and many of these couples choose to "co-parent" children, rather than to marry and remain in a relationship. Young parents are at risk for engaging in dysfunctional parenting practices and intimate partner violence, andface additional challenges on top of their ow...

Paul Florsheim is Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:208 pages, 11 × 8.5 × 0.68 inPublished:March 19, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199309477

ISBN - 13:9780199309474

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Table of Contents

1. Beyond Single Mothers and Absent Fathers2. Introduction to the Young Parenthood Program3. The Role of the Counselor4. The Role of the Care Coordinator5. Phase 1: Engagement and Assessment6. Phase 2: Setting Program Goals7. Phase 3: Interpersonal Skill Building8. Phase 4: Role Transitions9. Phase 5: Summing Up and Looking Forward10. Phase 6: Follow-Up Co-Parenting Support11. Common Therapeutic Issues (Amy Kirby, LCSW is Lead Author)12. Outcomes and Evaluating YPP Effectiveness13. Cultural Adaptation and the Young Parrenthood Program (Sheri Johnson, PhD is Lead Author)BibliographyThe YPP Tool BoxAppendix: Fidelity Tracking Worksheet