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Parents' experiences of conducting a goal-directed intervention based on children's self-identified goals, a qualitative study
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg. Karolinska Inst, Neuropediat Unit, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Inst, Neuropediat Unit, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Stockholm, Sweden.
Karolinska Inst, Neuropediat Unit, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Stockholm, Sweden.
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Medicine and Pharmacy, Medicinska och farmaceutiska vetenskapsområdet, centrumbildningar mm, Centre for Research and Development, Gävleborg. Karolinska Inst, Occupat Therapy Unit, Dept Neurobiol Care Sci & Soc, Stockholm, Sweden.
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Occupational Therapy, ISSN 1103-8128, E-ISSN 1651-2014, Vol. 25, no 4, p. 243-251Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Aim/objective: To explore and describe parents' perceptions and experiences of conducting a goal-directed intervention focused on children's self-identified goals.Material and methods: Individual semi-structured interviews were performed with nine parents (8 mothers, 1 father). All the parents had participated actively in conducting a goal-directed intervention addressing their children's self-identified goals. The interviews were analyzed using qualitative content analysis.Results: From a parental perspective, working on children's self-identified goals was a positive experience. The findings revealed three categories: Goals challenged the parents describes the parents' experiences of the complexity of goal setting. The intervention demanded an intensive and flexible parental engagement; here the parents expressed the importance of active parental engagement, which for some parents could be challenging. The child's personal goals gave more than anticipated describes the parents' experiences of how the children's personal goals positively influenced the children's self-esteem, increased the children's motivation for practice, and helped the children develop more than the parents had anticipated.Conclusions and significance: In the parents' experience, goal-directed intervention comprehensively relies on their engagement. Follow up's from the occupational therapist motivated the parents and their own child's personal goals gave them more than they could have expected. This indicates the importance of supporting parents and letting children actively participate in the goal setting process.

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2018. Vol. 25, no 4, p. 243-251
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Children, goal setting, goaldirected intervention, parents
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-361013DOI: 10.1080/11038128.2017.1335778ISI: 000436878200002PubMedID: 28573942OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-361013DiVA, id: diva2:1249880
Available from: 2018-09-20 Created: 2018-09-20 Last updated: 2018-09-20Bibliographically approved

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