Evaluation of an Holistic Case Mangement Intervention Program for Low-income Families of K-6 Grade Children: The Butler County Success Program (BCSP)

By Kevin R. Bush and Doris Bergen.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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This paper presents our findings regarding the
Butler County Success Program, a program designed to assist
students in grades K-6 (and their families) who qualify for
Temporary Aid to Needy Families (TANF). The program follows
an holistic case management approach centered around 15
community liaisons assigned to work in one or more of the 40
participating schools across 8 school districts in Butler
County Ohio, in order to assess and help families meet
non-cognitive needs (e.g., parental involvement/supervision,
access to health care, childcare, healthy food,
transportation and service utilization, and financial
services/resources). This article reports on the
quantitative portion of our evaluation, which followed a
pre- and post-test design with data from four sources
(children, teachers, parents, school records). Findings
indicate several changes in positive outcomes from pre-test
to post-test.

Keywords: Poverty, Parenting, Parent-Teacher Relations, School-based Family Intervention, School-liaison

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 5, Issue 8, pp.337-352. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 679.336KB).

Dr. Kevin R. Bush

Associate Professor, Department of Family Studies and Social Work, School of Education, Health, and Society, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Dr. Kevin Ray Bush is an Associate Professor of Family Studies and Social Work at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. His research interests focus on child and adolescent development in the contexts of family and culture. Dr Bush has studied the relationships between parental influences and child and adolescent development, including academic achievement, self-concept, self-efficacy, as well as internalizing and externalizing issues. He has conducted studies with US (Appalachian, African American, Asian American and Latinos) and international (e.g., Chinese, Mexican, South Korean, and Russian) samples of children, adolescents and parents. Dr. Bush is also interested in research methods and program evaluation, and is currently in his fifth year of evaluating a child and family intervention program for low income families that is in place in over 40 schools in Butler County Ohio. He is also in his third year of evaluating a child and family intervention program for substance abusing parents with children in the Butler County child welfare system. Dr. Bush earned his BA in Psychology and MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Arizona State University; and his PhD in Human Ecology (Human Development and Family Relations) from The Ohio State University with a minor in Developmental Psychology.

Dr. Doris Bergen

Distinguished Professor, Educational Psychology, School of Education, Health, and Society, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, USA

Doris Bergen received her Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has been Professor of Educational Psychology at Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, since 1989, serving as chair of the department for the first ten years. Her research interests have focused on cross-cultural programs for young children, play and humor in early and middle childhood, effects of technology-enhanced toys, adult memories of childhood play, social interactions of children with special needs, effects of early phonological awareness levels on later reading, and gifted children’s humor development. Dr. Bergen has published seven books, two of which have also been published in Chinese translation. She has published over 40 refereed articles and 25 book chapters. In 2000, she was recognized as a Miami University Distinguished Scholar. She also received a national award as Outstanding Early Childhood Teacher Educator from the National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Educators, and was selected as a National Academy of Science visiting scholar to China. She is co-director of Miami University’s Center for Human Development, Learning, and Technology, and in that role has received numerous grants herself, as well as facilitated many external grants for Center Faculty Associates.

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