Pride-Based Self-Affirmations and Parenting Programs

Zoelene Hill, Michelle Spiegel, Lisa A. Gennetian

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We newly apply the concept of self-affirmation typically used in the domain of health and education to the domain of parenting. Recruiting parents of children age 13 or younger (n = 1,044), we test how eliciting positive self-concept affects interest in receiving parenting materials and participating in a parenting program. We find that an adapted, pride-based written self-affirmation exercise increased parents’ positive self-concept and their interest in parenting programs and resources, particularly among parents with a high baseline fear of judgment associated with seeking help. Implications for applying insights from psychology as a strategy to mitigate fear of judgment to optimize participation in an evidence-based parenting program at scale are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number910
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
StatePublished - Jun 23 2020


  • behavioral economics
  • ethnic disparity
  • parent engagement
  • parenting intervention
  • prevention
  • racial disparity
  • self-affirmation
  • socioeconomic disparity

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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