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Integrated approach to parenting support

Filer, Janice, Children’s Workforce Development Council (CWDC), corp creator. (2009) Integrated approach to parenting support.

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In this reflective study, the importance of real relationships regarding participant engagement in the research and in the groupwork process is realized as a result of the researcher’s ability to elicit and interpret the women’s accounts of the relationships they experienced during the project. An early intervention was set up by the practitioner to provide a service for vulnerable families facing social exclusion and with children experiencing behavioural, social, emotional and mental health difficulties. The practitioner collected the views of ten women during semi-structured interviews to examine their reports of cohesiveness, connectedness and disconnections of the relationships experienced during the groupwork. In addition, the study examined women’s mood diaries and journals to provide background information about their feelings and relationships. This study demonstrated that creating opportunities for sustained and sensitive engagement with participants can establish the partnerships needed for women to make sustainable changes in order to improve the quality of their family lives. The main findings that emerged from the study were the importance women attached to being listen to by professionals supporting them and how they felt that the professionals failed to listen to them. It showed the support they gave each other and needed from the practitioner in order to put nurturing strategies in place to support their children. Also they recognized the need to make changes in themselves in order for their relationships with others to work.

Item Type: Document from Web
Variant Title: Integrated approach to parenting support (Sharing our experience Practitioner-led research 2008-2009 PLR0809/122)
Publisher: Children’s Workforce Development Council
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Date Deposited: 11 May 2011 11:08
Last Modified: 25 Feb 2015 17:49
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