Parents Forever is an educational program developed by University of Minnesota
Extension to support families experiencing separation and divorce. For over 20 years, it has helped Minnesotans learn to voluntarily settle divorce and
separation-related disputes, decrease child stress, and improve divorcing
adults’ communication and problem solving skills so their divorce costs them
and the state’s legal system less time and money. In addition to in-person
workshops in most of the state, Parents Forever became available online in
early 2012. This poster highlights the effectiveness of the online format in creating
behavioral and attitudinal change. Initial pre- and post-test survey results
indicate that divorcing adults who took the internet-based intervention showed
significant changes in: encouraging their children to maintain a close relationship
with their other parent, how often they talk to their children about the
feelings they are experiencing in the divorce, communicating more successfully
with the other parent, and decreased anger at the other parent. The “Parents
Forever Online: How much change is possible?” poster is at the intersection
of “Use of Technology and Digitizing Extension” and “Program Evaluation” as
it shares how a long-standing Extension program was leveraged through new
technologies to produce promising program outcomes that reflect our continued
commitment to Minnesota families in transition.
Olson, Kjersti; Joeng, Ju Ri.
Parents Forever On-line: How Much Change is Possible?.
St. Paul, MN: University of Minnesota Extension.
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