Psychosocial Intervention Psychosocial Intervention
Psychosocial Intervention 25 (2016) 119-26 - Vol. 25 No.2 DOI: 10.1016/j.psi.2016.03.001
The Spanish online program “Educar en Positivo” (“The Positive Parent”): Whom does it benefit the most?
El programa online en español ‘Educar en Positivo’: ¿A quién beneficia más?
Arminda Suáreza,, , Juan Antonio Rodríguezb, María José Rodrigoa
a Departamento de Psicología Evolutiva y de la Educación, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
b Facultad de Educación, Universidad de La Laguna, Spain
Received 23 December 2015, Accepted 04 March 2016
Abstract

This study evaluated the Spanish online program ‘Educar en Positivo’ (“The Positive Parent”) (http://educarenpositivo.es). Eighty-five users were surveyed to examine changes in views of online parenting support and satisfaction with the module completed, as a function of their sociodemographic profile, their level of experience with the Internet, and their general and educational use of Internet resources. Results showed that parents changed their views of online support, the benefits thereof, and their parenting skills. Participants reported high satisfaction with the program's usability, the module content, and their perception of parental self-efficacy. These findings are moderated by level of Internet experience and educational use of web-based resources, suggesting that improving parents’ digital literacy and promoting Internet use may be an effective avenue for improving access to prevention resources. In sum, this program offers a space for Spanish-speaking parents to learn and exchange experiences, thereby filling a gap in ensuring the promotion of positive parenting in this large community of potential users.

Keywords
  • Online parenting support
  • Program satisfaction
  • Program evaluation
  • Internet experience
  • Use of web-based educational resources
Resumen

El estudio analiza los resultados de la evaluación del programa online en español ‘Educar en Positivo’ (http://educarenpositivo.es). Ochenta y cinco participantes que se examinaron los cambios percibidos en el apoyo online y en la satisfacción con el módulo realizado, en función de los datos sociodemográficos, su nivel de experiencia en Internet, y su uso general y educativo de Internet. Los resultados mostraron que los padres percibieron cambios en el apoyo online, sus beneficios y las habilidades para la educación parental. Los participantes reportaron una alta satisfacción con la facilidad de uso del programa, el contenido del módulo, y su percepción de autoeficacia parental. Estos resultados son modulados por el nivel de experiencia de Internet y uso educativo de los recursos online, lo que sugiere la importancia de que los padres mejoren su alfabetización digital y promover el uso de Internet con fines educativos. En resumen, este programa ofrece un espacio para que los padres aprendan e intercambien experiencias, contribuyendo a garantizar la promoción de la parentalidad positiva en esta gran comunidad de usuarios potenciales de habla española.

Keywords
  • Apoyo parental online
  • Satisfacción con programa
  • Evaluación programa
  • Experiencia en Internet
  • Uso educativo de Internet
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Acknowledgements

This article reports on research funded by grants from theSpanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (TRA2009-0145), the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (EDU2012-38588).

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