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Atlanta University (AU)


School of Social Work

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This study hypothesized that age of the parent, age of their children, and type of abuse would have some effect upon the parents' attendance and completion of the parenting skills classes. The groups studied were the Fall 1985 and Spring 1985 classes sponsored by Fulton County Department of Family and Children Services. Secondary analysis of existing data was used as a research method. The following descriptive statistics were used to analyze data: frequencies, tables, and percentages.

The results indicated that there was no statistically significant difference in age of persons referred and age of children of persons referred in relation to attendance. In the Fall class, there was a distinct relationship drawn between attendance and types of abuse.

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