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Leaders' limitations and approaches to creating conditions for interaction and communication in parental groups: A qualitative study
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division for Educational Science and Languages. Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1391-3346
Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden.
Karolinska Institutet, Solna, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Journal of Child Health Care, ISSN 1367-4935, E-ISSN 1741-2889, p. 1-13Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to describe and understand parental group (PG) leaders' experiences of creating conditions for interaction and communication. The data consisted of 10 interviews with 14 leaders. The transcribed interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. The results showed that the leaders' ambition was to create a parent-centred learning environment by establishing conditions for interaction and communication between the parents in the PGs. However, the leaders' experience was that their professional competencies were insufficient and that they lacked pedagogical tools to create constructive group discussions. Nevertheless, they found other ways to facilitate interactive processes. Based on their experience in the PG, the leaders constructed informal socio-emotional roles for themselves (e.g. caring role and personal role) and let their more formal task roles (e.g. professional role, group leader and consulting role) recede into the background, so as to remove the imbalance of power between the leaders and the parents. They believed this would make the parents feel more confident and make it easier for them to start communicating and interacting. This personal approach places them in a vulnerable position in the PG, in which it is easy for them to feel offended by parents' criticism, questioning or silence.

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2018. p. 1-13
Keywords [en]
Child healthcare nurse, communication, leader, midwife, parental groups
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Pedagogy
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Child and Youth studies; SOCIAL SCIENCE, Pedagogics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-12490DOI: 10.1177/1367493518777311OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-12490DiVA, id: diva2:1219935
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Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5473Available from: 2018-06-18 Created: 2018-06-18 Last updated: 2019-05-27Bibliographically approved

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