Date of Award


Degree Type


University or Center

Clark Atlanta University(CAU)

Degree Name


Social Work

First Advisor

Dr. Melvin Williams


Homeless families are at high risk for child abuse due to situational stress, family violence and isolation. This study examines the effectiveness of a six week nurturing class as a preventative intervention with this population. A pretest, posttest design using the Adult-Adolescent Patenting Inventory (AAPI) as the instrument to measure four variables: role reversal, value of corporal punishment, empathy and parent expectations of their children's development was used.

The population were homeless women and previously homeless women who were clients of the Atlanta Children shelter in Atlanta, GA. The results showed little change in the variables but a slightly positive trend did emerge.

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