References to Our Published Studies 1. Riley, D., Meinhardt, G., Nelson, C., Salisbury, M., & Winnett, T. (1991). How effective are age-paced newsletters for new parents? A replication and extension of earlier studies. Family Relations, 40, 247-253. ABSTRACT An age-paced child-rearing newsletter was evaluated. Respondents rated the newsletter as more useful than other sources of child-rearing information, including physicians and nurses, relatives, and other printed materials. In 70% of households, two or more people read the newsletter. Most parents reported that reading the newsletters led them to change their child-rearing behaviors in five key areas. Parents in six risk categories reported significantly more of these positive behavior changes, suggesting both that the self-reports are meaningful, and that the newsletters produced the most benefit for those who needed it most. The use of the newsletters in various applied settings is described. 2. Riley, D. (1997). Using local research to change 100 communities for children and families. American Psychologist, 52, 424-433. ABSTRACT Two projects aimed at improving child development are described. In each, a research project was replicated over 50 times as a means of moving over 100 communities to action on their own behalf. The projects produced meaningful changes in the local social institutions serving families, including 92 new school-age child care programs for one project and, for the other, 80 community distribution systems reaching 40,000 families with a parenting intervention. Comparing initial failures with later successes in the projects, a contrast is drawn between giving away the knowledge of psychology (the diffusion or expert model of outreach) versus giving away the knowledge-generation process through collaborative research with community groups. 3. Walker, S. K., & Riley, D. A. (2001). Involvement of the personal social network as a factor in parent education effectiveness. Family Relations, 50, 186-193. ABSTRACT This study examined the impact of mothers’ involvement with their social networks upon their self-reported changes in behaviors and attitudes due to a parenting intervention – in this case monthly, age-paced parenting newsletters. Path analyses revealed that discussing and sharing newsletter copies with others was associated with greater self-reported change, but did not significantly mediate the relationship between newsletter use and parental change. Rather, individual use of the newsletter and social sharing of the content had independent effects on parenting. The results support a general view that the advice of parenting programs is not accepted or rejected in a vacuum, but often within the context of discussions within the participants’ existing social networks. This suggests two practical implications for program developers: (a) Interventions might be more effective if they encouraged such social network processing of program advice, and (b) programs might even target social networks rather than individual parents as their clients.