A qualitative study of the implementation of Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education by child welfare professionals in Georgia
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The purpose of this study was to understand the extent to which child welfare professionals (CWP’s) who completed the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Education Training (HRMET) delivered by Georgia Cooperative Extension, during July and August of 2012, implemented the HRMET skills/tools with their clients. Using qualitative methods, three focus groups were conducted with four CWP’s in each group. Objectives included: to identify HRMET skills/tools that were or were not implemented by CWP’s; to identify perceived benefits and barriers to implementation; and to identify recommendations from CWP’s for implementing HRMET skills/tools. Twenty-three domains emerged including nine skills/tools which were implemented, the influence of the training experience, professional and personal benefits, beliefs and barriers which negatively impacted implementation, and three areas of recommendation. Knowles’ andragogy and Social Exchange Theory provided a basis for interpreting the findings.