What social norms are associated with parenting programs?

Aditi Srivastav, Katherine L. Nelson, Amanda Stafford McRell, Abby Wilson, Jonathan Purtle

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Purpose: Positive parenting and parental skill building are associated with child well-being and can be enhanced through community-based parenting interventions. Although parenting intervention access and participation are influenced by individual and community-level factors, little is known about how social norms around parenting predict support for parenting interventions and parenting programs. To better understand the association between personal beliefs, help seeking social norms and support for parenting interventions, we examined survey data collected through phone interviews of adults living in South Carolina, United States (n = 1,143). Methods: One-way ANOVAs assessed the relationship between personal beliefs and perceived social norms (what participants think are norms in their community) about seeking help for parenting and support for parenting interventions. Results: The extent to which personal beliefs and social norms related to parenting support were associated with parenting support was estimated using ordinary least squares regression models. After adjustment for demographic characteristics, awareness of where to go to get parenting knowledge and skills, believing that the government and other organizations should help parents who do not have support from family and friends, and believing that parents need support from family and friends “when parenting gets hard” all predicted support for believing that “all first-time parents should have the option of no cost in-home parenting support.” Believing that parents need support from family and friends when parenting gets hard predicted support for state government tax credits for attending positive parenting classes. Discussion: Activating these specific norms can help home visiting and positive parenting program investment and use and can encourage positive parenting practices.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)349-355
Number of pages7
JournalChild and Adolescent Social Work Journal
Issue number3
StateAccepted/In press - 2022


  • Child abuse prevention
  • Child maltreatment
  • Public opinion
  • Social norms

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • General Social Sciences


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