Capacity-Building Family-Centered Helpgiving Practices
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Research and clinical practice have increasingly indicated that if helpgiving is to have positive consequences, how help is provided is as important as what is provided. Family-centered helpgiving, comprised of both relational and participatory practices, is associated with many different kinds of parent, family, and child benefits. This Winterberry Research Report presents research identifying the major components and clusters of family-centered helpgiving, sources of variations in helpgiving practices, and the consequences and benefits of family-centered helpgiving. Carol M. Trivette and Carl J. Dunst describe an expanded helpgiving practices model that places helpgiving practices in a broader-based perspective and provides clues about the conditions that are likely to make helpgiving effective or ineffective. The three-component model has proven especially useful as a framework for understanding the makeup of helpgiving practices, and has also proven useful as part of efforts training help givers to employ more empowering helpgiving practices. 10 Pages
Authors: Carol M. Trivette, Carl J. Dunst