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Results of our Parenting Program Recognized by the Prestigious European Journal of Developmental Psychology

by , Posted on 15th Apr 2021

Thanks to our parenting program “Support, not Perfection”, participants reported significantly larger gains in positive parenting self-efficacy and decreases in depressive symptomatology and child behavior. The scalability of our program and its contribution to the improvement of parent and child well-being was recognized by the European Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Despite overwhelming evidence that high-quality parenting programs yield strong returns on investment, such programs are rarely implemented in low- and middle-income countries. To date, there have been no large-scale efforts to implement parenting programs in Serbia, despite the fact that such efforts may be essential to preventing the intergenerational transmission of mental health concerns and further increases in the country’s prevalence of mental health disorders. With this in mind, the Novak Djokovic Foundation developed a group parent support program “Support, not Perfection”. The program aims of increasing parents’ ability to engage in positive parenting practices and improving parent and child mental health and marital satisfaction. Within 10 workshops led by trained facilitators, participants address topics related to raising children under the age of 6, exchange experiences, enrich their knowledge of parenting and develop a mutual support network.

Thanks to our partners Generali Osiguranje Serbia and The Human Safety Net, , almost 2,000 parents and caregivers from 24 places throughout Serbia have gone through our 7 cycles of workshops.

With an aim to evaluate the program’s effectiveness in achieving its outcomes, our team of authors conducted research based on a sample of 970 participants. The research showed that the program positively impacted parenting self-efficiency, marital satisfaction, child mental health and decreased parents’ depression. Program effects did not differ based on caregiver gender, attendance (alone or with a co-parent), or challenges faced (levels of own depression or child’s behavioral problems).

Authors of the study (from left to right ) : Nina Sokolovic, Sofija Pajic and Smiljana Grujic.

Authors of the study (from left to right ) : Nina Sokolovic, Sofija Pajic and Smiljana Grujic.

The research was approved by the jury of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology – an official publication of the European Association of Developmental Psychology. It publishes innovative original theoretical, empirical, methodological and review papers dealing with psychological development and developmental psychopathology during infancy, childhood and adolescence.

The jury of the European Journal of Developmental Psychology confirmed that “Support, not Perfection” is a scalable program that can be used in low- and middle-income countries to improve parent and child well-being.

The authors of the “Evaluation of the Support, not Perfection Parenting Program in Serbia” study are Smiljana Grujic – psychologist, psychotherapist and program manager at the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Nina Sokolovic – a doctoral candidate in Developmental Psychology and Education at the University of Toronto, a Bachelor’s summa cum laude and Master’s degree from Harvard University and Sofija Pajic – professor at Amsterdam Business School at the University of Amsterdam with Ph.D. in psychological studies. The study was supported by the Novak Djokovic Foundation, Generali Insurance Serbia, and the Human Safety Net Foundation.

You can read the whole study via this link.

"Support, not Perfection" is a scalable program that can be used in low- and middle-income countries to improve parent and child well-being.

“Support, not Perfection” is a scalable program that can be used in low- and middle-income countries to improve parent and child well-being.

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