Mothers and Fathers Attending the International Child Development Programme in Norway
AffiliationUniversity of Chester; University of Oslo; University College London
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AbstractFathers are understudied in parent training studies. This study investigates whether mothers and fathers benefit equally from participating in the International Child Development Programme (ICDP) implemented as a community-wide programme in Norway in their parenting behaviour, perceived child difficulties and their psychosocial health. The questionnaire study used a pre-post design comparing 105 mothers and 36 fathers who attended a regular ICDP course. Results showed that the mothers and fathers differed on parenting behaviours prior to the course but showed similar changes, including on emotional and regulative aspects of parenting and autonomy supportive behaviours. However, only the mothers perceived a decrease in their child’s difficulties after the course while the fathers showed a greater increase in behaviours assumed to support the child’s meaning-making and in self-efficacy, and a greater decrease in anxiety after the course. ICDP courses appear to be a useful tool for supporting both mothers and fathers in their parenting role.
CitationClucas, C., Skar, A-M. S., Sherr, L., & von Tetzchner, S. (2014). Mothers and Fathers Attending the International Child Development Programme in Norway. The Family Journal, 22(4), 409-418. DOI: 10.1177/1066480714533640
JournalThe Family Journal
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