Department of Psychology, Utah State University, 2705 Old Main, Logan, UT 84322-2705.
The Influence of Facilitator and Facilitation Characteristics on Participants' Ratings of Stepfamily Education
Article first published online: 20 MAR 2010
© 2010 by the National Council on Family Relations
Volume 59, Issue 1, pages 74–86, February 2010
How to Cite
Higginbotham, B. J. and Myler, C. (2010), The Influence of Facilitator and Facilitation Characteristics on Participants' Ratings of Stepfamily Education. Family Relations, 59: 74–86. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2009.00587.x
- Issue published online: 20 MAR 2010
- Article first published online: 20 MAR 2010
- family life education;
- marriage enrichment;
- relationship education;
We examine the relative importance of facilitator and facilitation characteristics on participant ratings of a stepfamily education program. Data from 48 facilitators and 598 participants suggest that quality facilitation is more meaningful to participants than whether facilitators have comparable demographic characteristics or life experiences. Hierarchical regressions identified time management effective use of personal experiences, and clear explanation of material as key facilitation skills. Popular assumptions about participant-facilitator similarity and implications for programming are discussed.