What is the impact of Family SEAL? An evaluation of the Family SEAL intervention examining the impact of the programme on children and parent/carer participants.

Prof Doc Thesis


Ward, Helen 2012. What is the impact of Family SEAL? An evaluation of the Family SEAL intervention examining the impact of the programme on children and parent/carer participants. Prof Doc Thesis University of East London School of Psychology
AuthorsWard, Helen
TypeProf Doc Thesis
Abstract

This research evaluated the impact of the Family SEAL (DfES, 2006) intervention
programme on children and parents in a mainstream primary school and Pupil
Referral Unit. Family SEAL is a psycho-educational and experiential programme
based on the Primary Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) curriculum,
which aims to engage parents as partners in developing children’s social and
emotional competence. Previous research has indicated that social and emotional
literacy interventions and parenting programmes can results in positive outcomes
for children in respect of their behaviour, well-being, achievement in school, social
skills and emotional literacy. Research into the impact of Family SEAL has
indicated that benefits associated with children’s measures of emotional literacy.
This evaluation study aimed to examine the outcomes and the processes involved
with the Family SEAL programme. The research was undertaken from a critical
realist perspective, adopting a mixed methods research design. The impact of the
programme on participants was assessed by interviewing parents/carers, children,
Behaviour Support Staff (BSS - programme co-facilitators) and a class teacher.
Impact was also assessed by administering Emotional Literacy (EL) Checklists and
Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaires (SDQ) to measure aspects of children’s
behaviour and emotional literacy. Questionnaires were administered before (T1)
and after (T2) the programme to give a pre-post test measure of impact. Data was
analysed to investigate a change in children’s behaviour and emotional literacy
from T1 to T2. Qualitative data was obtained through carrying out semi-structured
interviews. Thematic analysis was applied to the qualitative data set, using an
inductive and deductive approach.
The research findings revealed process and outcome factors associated with the
impact of the Family SEAL programme. Process factors included: a fun and
welcoming environment, skilled and sensitive programme facilitators, parents and
children working together, the parent group and the Family SEAL programme
content and structure. Outcome factors included: increased parent confidence,
parents feel more relaxed, learned behaviour and communication strategies,
improved parent/carer-child relationships and some prosocial and emotional
literacy gains for children. Implications of these findings for EP practice are
discussed in relation to developing and delivering the Family SEAL programme
further and with regard to the evaluation process itself.

Keywordsearly childhood; intervention
Year2012
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.15123/PUB.1785
Publication dates
PrintMay 2012
Publication process dates
Deposited25 Feb 2013
Publisher's version
License
CC BY-ND
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