Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Parenting in Romania
BUCHAREST, July 25, 2006 – The baseline research study on Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Parenting in Romania was launched today in Bucharest, in joint cooperation with the Foundation Our Children and the “Step by Step” Education and the Professional Development Centre and with support from UNICEF Romania. The study looks at the parenting knowledge, skills and practices of those raising children ages 0 to 7.
Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices on Parenting in Romania is a landmark study for Romania and is part of UNICEF’s “Parent Education in Preschool Education in Romania” project, launched in 2005 with funding from PETROM S.A.
The study provides crucial insight to decision-makers in education, health and child protection systems on a wide range of issues relating to households with young children. In addition to its research findings, the report also includes a set of recommendations for a variety of actors involved in the health and well-being of children: central and local government authorities, parents, mass media, those in the private sector and others. Accompanying the report is an updated version of Advice for Parents, an educational tool also developed in cooperation with the Foundation Our Children and released by UNICEF.
Among the study’s findings is that nationally, exclusive breastfeeding in Romania during an infant’s first six months of life is a not a regular practice and many parents lack adequate knowledge pertaining to the care of their young children. At least 17 per cent of parents are not aware of the purposes served by vaccinations and some mistake vaccines for treatments of other ailments, including rickets and anaemia.
The study also indicated that many parents’ attitudes and behaviours are in need of adjustment – one alarming finding is that physical discipline for small children is widely used by parents. Equally important is the discovery that parents do not recognize the role that child’s play has in early education and learning.
“It is obvious that over the years, services and information needed to develop better parenting skills in Romania have not been provided adequately. Parents need help in this area,” said Pierre Poupard, UNICEF Representative. “Although it is the parents who bear the first duty and responsibility regarding the realization of their children’s rights, the community, local and central authorities has, at the same time, a duty to support parents’ ability to fulfill parental obligations,” he added.
Contact: Raluca Zaharia, Communication Consultant, UNICEF Romania phone (+40 21) 201.78.47, email: firstname.lastname@example.org