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From Thought to Action: Young Parents' Reasons for Participation in Parenting Support Groups at Child Welfare Centers
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sociology.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2015 (English)In: Social Work in Public Health, ISSN 1937-1918, Vol. 30, no 6, 516-533 p.Article in journal (Refereed) PublishedText
Abstract [en]

In this article the focus is on young parents' engagement process in relation to participation in parenting support groups carried out at child welfare centers. This qualitative study focuses not only on young parents' reasons for participating or not participating in parenting support groups during different phases in their engagement process, but also on examining the circumstances that may contribute to such changes. The results show that these reasons can be divided into four categories: the staff, other participants, the social network, and practical circumstances. It also appears that these reasons change between different phases of their engagement process. Primarily three different circumstances contributed to variation in parents' reasons: difficulty in predicting the value of participation, increased closeness in relationships with staff and other parents, and the specific life phase in which young parents find themselves. The results have important implications for policy makers and practitioners in their work in formulating and updating parenting support; they also indicate what may be important to focus on in the recruitment of young parents, and also what may be crucial in regard to them completing their engagement in parent support groups.

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2015. Vol. 30, no 6, 516-533 p.
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Young parents, engagement process, participation, parenting support groups
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Social Work
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-117878DOI: 10.1080/19371918.2015.1073646ISI: 000369845100005PubMedID: 26267260OAI: diva2:910995
Available from: 2016-03-10 Created: 2016-03-04 Last updated: 2016-03-10Bibliographically approved

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