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Walk the talk: Leader behavior in parental education groups
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.
Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. Department of Behavioral Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1391-3346
Department of Women and Children’s Health, Karolinska Institute, Solna, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Nursing and Health Sciences, ISSN 1441-0745, E-ISSN 1442-2018, Vol. 20, no 2, p. 173-180Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Expectant and new parents are offered parental education groups as a way to support their transition to parenthood. Group leadership in these groups has been found to be challenging. Using a qualitative and summative design, the aim of the present study was to investigate how health professionals describe their role in parental education groups compared to their actual behavior. Thirteen health professional leaders in antenatal and child health services were interviewed. These descriptions were compared with the leaders' actual behavior in video and audio-recordings of 16 different group sessions. The results revealed that regardless of how the leaders described their role, they acted as experts and left little time to parents for discussions and active participation. In particular, leaders who described themselves as discussion leaders did not "walk the talk"; that is, they did not do what they said they do when leading groups. That could be explained by lack of professional awareness, group leadership, and pedagogical skills. In order to provide high-quality parental support, leaders need training in group leadership and pedagogy combined with supervision and support on a regular basis.

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2018. Vol. 20, no 2, p. 173-180
Keywords [en]
group leadership, parental education group, Sweden
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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Child and Youth studies; NURSING AND PUBLIC HEALTH SCIENCE, Nursing science; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Educational science
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11986DOI: 10.1111/nhs.12399PubMedID: 29297986OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11986DiVA, id: diva2:1171597
Available from: 2018-01-08 Created: 2018-01-08 Last updated: 2019-06-11Bibliographically approved

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