Parental groups during the child's first year: an interview study of parents' experiences
Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd
Journal of Clinical Nursing
Volume 23, Issue 19-20, pages 2980–2989, October 2014
How to Cite
Hjälmhult, E., Glavin, K., Økland, T. and Tveiten, S. (2014), Parental groups during the child's first year: an interview study of parents' experiences. Journal of Clinical Nursing, 23: 2980–2989. doi: 10.1111/jocn.12528
- Issue published online: 22 SEP 2014
- Article first published online: 7 JAN 2014
- Manuscript Accepted: 10 NOV 2013
- grounded theory;
- health information seeking;
- public health nurse;
- social support
Aims and objectives
To highlight what was important to parents with respect to consultation groups at well-child clinics.
Parents managing of their role as parents affect the child's health and are therefore an important priority for public health. Well-child clinics in Norway practise consultations in groups to support parents and to facilitate social network; however, few studies explore parents' perspective of this kind of groups.
We used classical grounded theory with a generative and constant comparative approach. Data were collected through seven focus groups and two individual interviews with the parents of children aged 8–15 months.
The parents were most concerned about how to achieve connection without accountability and how to obtain relevant health information. They managed this by ‘multipositioning’, encompassing the strategies of: (1) practising conditional openness, (2) seeking to belong, (3) awaiting initiative and (4) expecting balanced health information. The use of these strategies explains how they resolved their challenges.
Parental groups seem to be popular and have great potential to establish a social network; however, underestimating the need for structure and continuity in the groups might cause this opportunity to be missed.
Relevance to clinical practice
Understanding parents' perspectives will be useful when planning strategies to strengthen parental groups at well-child clinics and that the engaged organisers will account for this need to ensure public health work of high quality and effectiveness for parents.