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Parents’ perceptions of the effects of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program (PCMGP) on their parenting practices Carroll, Anita Christine

Abstract

The intent of this study was to explore parents' perceptions of the effects of the Parent-Child Mother Goose Program (PCMGP) on their parenting practices. A qualitative interpretive description approach was used. Data was collected during audio-taped interviews using open-ended questions with 11 parents who had participated in the PCMGP over the last calendar year. Inductive content analysis was used to analyze the findings. Three main findings emerged from the interviews with parents: acquiring knowledge and developing skills, support from other parents and increase in confidence and competence in parenting. These findings have implications for, program planners and agencies, as well as for nursing practice and research. These include, having a larger number of participants interviewed to enhance future evaluation and research. In addition, a more diverse group of parents: in relation to age, cultural ethnicity, education and socioeconomic background. Issues for program planners and agencies were also highlighted, in regards to length, location and program availability in the community. As well as Public Health Nurses (PHNs) being informed and aware of the program so they can speak to parents about the benefits of participation in this group.

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