Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name



School of Social Work

First Advisor

Sandra J. Foster, Ph D.


The overall objective of this study is to access attitudes towards parenting and child rearing practices among homeless women in a transitional housing facility. The Adult-Adolescent Parenting Inventory was used to measure parenting behavior before and after treatment. The inventory measures which Inappropriate Expectations of Children, Inability to be Empathically Aware of Children's Needs; Parental Value of Physical Punishment; and Family Role Reversal. The treatment included six one hour sessions on the following topics Family of Origin, Empathy, Inappropriate Exepectations of Children, Discipline, Family Role Reversal and Well Baby Care. A self administered pre/post test was eleven women participated. The study showed a positive relationship between parenting skills training and attitudes toward parenting and child rearing practices.