Effectiveness of the 4-H program as perceived by parents of 4-H participants

Rama B. Radhakrishna, Caitlin Foley, Patreese Donette Ingram, John Ewing

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The study reported here examined the effectiveness of 4-H program as perceived by parents of program participants. Descriptive-correlational design was employed, with data collected using a mail survey. Parents perceived 4-H as an effective organization in teaching life skills to youth. Significant relationships were found between parents' skills and skills youth learn in 4-H. Two variables-skills and belonging-explained 28.8% of the variance in youth life skills, suggesting that when parents view that their child's participation in 4-H is important and help demonstrate importance of life skills, then youth learn needed life skills-communications, decision making, and goal setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numberArticle 4RIB8
JournalJournal of Extension
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education


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