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With or without the group: Swedish midwives' and child healthcare nurses' experiences in leading parent education groups
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Education, Teaching and Learning. Linköping University, Faculty of Educational Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-1391-3346
Linköping University, Department of Behavioural Sciences and Learning, Psychology. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-0202-4650
Karolinska Institutet, Neurobiologi, Vårdvetenskap och Samhälle (NVS), Sektionen för omvårdnad.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9402-3315
Karolinska Institutet, Division for Reproductive Health, Women's and Children's Health.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6402-9561
2015 (English)In: Health Promotion International, ISSN 0957-4824, E-ISSN 1460-2245Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
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The aim of the study was to describe and to understand midwives’ and child health care nurses’ experiences of working with parent education groups through their descriptions of the role and what they find rewarding and challenging in that work. Data were collected through three open-ended questions from a web survey: “How do you refer to your role when working in parent education?” “What is the biggest challenge or difficulty for you when working in parent education?” and “What is most rewarding when working in parent education?” The answers were analysed by using qualitative content analysis and correlation analysis. The results show that the midwives and child health care nurses either included or excluded the group when describing their role as leaders and their influence on parents. The same applies to what they found rewarding and what was difficult and challenging for them in working with the groups. Primarily, the leaders who excluded the group expressed a lack of competence on a professional level in managing groups and using the right teaching methods to process the knowledge content. One important question to deal with is how to best support midwives and nurses in child health care to be prepared for working with parent education groups. One obvious thing is to provide specialized training in an educational sense. An important aspect could also be providing supervision, individually or in groups.

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child healthcare nurses, leadership, midwives, parent education groups
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-120839DOI: 10.1093/heapro/dav082PubMedID: 26276798OAI: diva2:849025
Swedish Research Council, 721-2012-5473
Available from: 2015-08-27 Created: 2015-08-27 Last updated: 2015-09-22

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