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'They just need to come down a little bit to your level': a qualitative study of parents’ views and experiences of early life interventions to promote healthy growth and associated behaviours

Hennessy, Marita, Byrne, Molly, Laws, Rachel and Heary, Caroline 2020, 'They just need to come down a little bit to your level': a qualitative study of parents’ views and experiences of early life interventions to promote healthy growth and associated behaviours, International journal of environmental research and public health, vol. 17, no. 10, Special Issue: Early Influences on Child Health and Wellbeing, pp. 1-17, doi: 10.3390/ijerph17103605.

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Title 'They just need to come down a little bit to your level': a qualitative study of parents’ views and experiences of early life interventions to promote healthy growth and associated behaviours
Author(s) Hennessy, Marita
Byrne, Molly
Laws, RachelORCID iD for Laws, Rachel orcid.org/0000-0003-4328-1116
Heary, Caroline
Journal name International journal of environmental research and public health
Volume number 17
Issue number 10
Season Special Issue: Early Influences on Child Health and Wellbeing
Article ID 3605
Start page 1
End page 17
Total pages 17
Publisher MDPI
Place of publication Basel, Switzerland
Publication date 2020-05
ISSN 1661-7827
1660-4601
Keyword(s) Science & Technology
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Environmental Sciences
Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Environmental Sciences & Ecology
childhood obesity
prevention
parent
qualitative
interview
thematic analysis
infant feeding
intervention
pregnancy
infancy
FORMULA FEEDING CULTURE
FATHERS EXPERIENCES
RISK-FACTORS
WOMEN
PROFESSIONALS
SUPPORT
AGE
PERCEPTIONS
TRANSITION
Summary The first 1000 days is a critical window of opportunity to promote healthy growth and associated behaviours. Health professionals can play an important role, in part due to the large number of routine contacts they have with parents. There is an absence of research on the views of parents towards obesity prevention and the range of associated behaviours during this time period. This study aimed to elicit parents’ views on early life interventions to promote healthy growth/prevent childhood obesity, particularly those delivered by health professionals. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 29 parents (24 mothers, 5 fathers) who were resident in Ireland and had at least one child aged under 30 months. Data were analysed using reflexive thematic analysis. Two central themes were generated: (1) navigating the uncertainty, stress, worries, and challenges of parenting whilst under scrutiny and (2) accessing support in the broader system. Parents would welcome support during this critical time period; particularly around feeding. Such support, however, needs to be practical, realistic, evidence-based, timely, accessible, multi-level, non-judgemental, and from trusted sources, including both health professionals and peers. Interventions to promote healthy growth and related behaviours need to be developed and implemented in a way that supports parents and their views and circumstances.
Language eng
DOI 10.3390/ijerph17103605
Indigenous content off
Field of Research 111704 Community Child Health
MD Multidisciplinary
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Free to Read? Yes
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30138860

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