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Parents' reasons for not attending parental education groups in antenatal and child health care: 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
Department of Learning, Informatics, Management and Ethics, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Swede.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6402-9561
Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Linköping University, Linköping,Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0202-4650
Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Karolinska Institute, Huddinge, Sweden.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9402-3315
2019 (English)In: Journal of Clinical Nursing, ISSN 0962-1067, E-ISSN 1365-2702, Vol. 28, no 17-18, p. 3330-3338Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Aims and objectives: To explore expectant and new parents' reasons not to partici ‐pate in parental education (PE) groups in antenatal care or child health care.

Background: In Sweden, expectant and new parents are offered PE groups in antena‐tal care and in child health care. Although many parents feel unprepared for parent ‐hood, an urgent task is to attract parents to attend the PE groups.

Design: A total of 915 parents with children aged 0 to 21 months answered a web questionnaire with open questions about (a) reasons not to participate; (b) anything that could change their mind; and (c) parenting support instead of PE groups. This was analysed using content analysis. The study follows the SRQR guidelines.

Results: Parents expressed private reasons for not attending PE groups. Some par ‐ents also asked for more heterogeneity regarding content and methods, as well as accommodation of parents' different interests. Other parents asked for like‐minded individuals who were in similar situation to themselves. Lack of information or invita ‐tions from antenatal care or child health care, or that PE groups were unavailable, were additional reasons for not participating in groups.

Conclusions: Reasons for not attending PE groups were multifaceted from personal,self‐interested and norm‐critical reasons, to that the groups were not available or that the parents were not aware of their existence.

Relevance to clinical practice: Parents of today are a diverse group with different in ‐terests and needs. Nevertheless, all parents need to feel included in a way that makes participation in PE groups relevant for them. Thus, it is important for leaders to be aware of structures and norms, and to be able to create a group climate and a peda ‐gogy of acceptance where group members value each other's differences. However,to attract parents to participate in PE groups, it is necessary for clinical practice to work on individual, group and organisational levels.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Blackwell Science Ltd. , 2019. Vol. 28, no 17-18, p. 3330-3338
Keywords [en]
Children's nurse, education, family care, leadership, midwifery, parenting, qualitative study
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Public Health, Global Health, Social Medicine and Epidemiology
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SOCIAL SCIENCE, Sociology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-13906DOI: 10.1111/jocn.14912OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-13906DiVA, id: diva2:1320333
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Swedish Research Council, 2016‐03550
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https://liu.se/forskning/lararskap-och-ledarskap-i-foraldragrupper

Available from: 2019-06-04 Created: 2019-06-04 Last updated: 2019-08-20Bibliographically approved

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