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The importance of first-time parent groups for new parents

Hanna, Barbara, Edgecomb, Gay, Jackson, Carol A. and Newman, Susan 2002, The importance of first-time parent groups for new parents, Nursing & health sciences, vol. 4, no. 4, pp. 209-214.

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Title The importance of first-time parent groups for new parents
Author(s) Hanna, Barbara
Edgecomb, Gay
Jackson, Carol A.
Newman, Susan
Journal name Nursing & health sciences
Volume number 4
Issue number 4
Start page 209
End page 214
Publisher Blackwell Publishing Asia
Place of publication Carlton, Vic.
Publication date 2002-12
ISSN 1441-0745
Keyword(s) first-time parent groups
groups
maternal and child health nurses
social support
Summary First-time parent groups are offered to all new parents in Victoria, Australia through the Maternal and Child Health Service, which is funded by state and local governments. Parents who join a group attend a series of eight sessions that emphasize parenting skills, relationship development and social support in order to increase confidence and skills in parenting. The present paper highlights the importance of first-time parent groups, claiming that these groups serve an important social support and health function amid a climate of early discharge policies and changing family structures. Although there are a number of challenges to the successful running of groups, it is argued that first-time parents benefit from participating in these groups in a number of ways: by developing social networks, gaining self confidence, and through access to relevant information on child health and parenting. Research indicates that first-time parent groups provide lasting benefits not only for families, but also for society as a whole. Maternal and child health nurses play a key role in facilitating groups for first-time parents.
Language eng
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30001754

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Nursing and Midwifery
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