Historically, Extension educators have used home-based education to teach people. Studies have suggested that emotional connectedness between the individual and home visitor can reduce isolation, build social support, and increase resources (Green & Rodgers, 2001). The study reported here investigated the influence of a home-based parent education program on perceived social support levels of 122 parents involved in a treatment or control group. Analysis showed that post-test scores for the treatment group were significantly better than the control group. The results suggest that home-based education can be a way for Extension educators to increase social support for clientele.
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Contreras, D. A. (2008). Breaking the Bonds of Isolation: Can Home-Based Education Increase Social Support Levels?. The Journal of Extension, 46(2), Article 15. https://tigerprints.clemson.edu/joe/vol46/iss2/15