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Title: The group component of a group parenting programme : exploring parents' perceptions
Author: McPherson, Jean
ISNI:       0000 0004 5351 1832
Awarding Body: Cardiff University
Current Institution: Cardiff University
Date of Award: 2014
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A qualitative approach was adopted to explore parents’ perceptions of the group component of a group parenting programme, delivered by an educational psychology service in Wales. Semi-structured interviews and questionnaires were utilised in order to gather the views of seven parents who attended a group parenting programme. Additionally, semi-structured interviews were employed to explore the perceptions of twenty parents who chose not to attend the parenting programme, related to perceived facilitators to, and barriers of, attending. Thematic analysis identified key themes related to the perceptions of the group component and to perceived changes in relation to the group component. Themes were also identified related to the perceived facilitators of, and barriers to, attending a group parenting programme. Overall findings suggested that the group was perceived positively by attending parents. Findings indicated an interrelationship between group and individual factors in relation to perceived change. Perceived facilitators to, and barriers of, attendance at a parenting programme related to practical, programme and personal factors, and, factors related to proficiency of English language. Tentative suggestions are made regarding how the group component contributed to parents’ perceived changes and how EPs might apply further knowledge of psychology working within group parenting programmes.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Ed.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: BF Psychology