Research aims to improve parenting education
By Nicole Ouellet
Ashley Farrelly, a third-year student in the Faculty of Medicine, will travel to the Dominican Republic this month to explore the effectiveness of a new parent education program for caregivers of young children.
Farrelly’s research will take place at the Dr. Elias Santana Hospital, where all mothers or caregivers attending existing programs on child nutrition have been invited to participate in the eight-week parenting course. Key objectives of her study are to determine how the course is being used, what barriers there are to participation and how to improve participation rates.
Farrelly will closely monitor attendance at the meetings and follow up on information collected from participants. She says this research will open many doors to improve the health and well-being of both parents and children.
Farrelly’s research is one of 58 student projects funded this summer by Programs for Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE), an award implemented in 2006 and supported by the vice-president (research) and the provost’s Teaching and Learning Fund.
Farrelly says her summer research will contribute to work done by her professor Dr. John McLennan, the supervisor of the project.