"Sometimes I think my frustration is the real issue": A qualitative study of parents' experiences of transformation after a parenting programme.

McKay, Kathy, Kennedy, Eilis and Young, Bridget ORCID: 0000-0001-6041-9901
(2021) "Sometimes I think my frustration is the real issue": A qualitative study of parents' experiences of transformation after a parenting programme. PloS one, 16 (10). e0258528 - ?.

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<h4>Introduction</h4>Parenting programmes help to alleviate conduct problems in children, but ensuring that all parents feel supported to attend, complete and learn from these programmes has proven difficult. Parents can feel overwhelmed and struggle to change their parenting. This article aims to inform the future refinement of parenting programmes by examining parents' narratives of how programmes motivated them to change and enabled them to put changes into practice.<h4>Method and results</h4>Forty-two parents, most of whom had attended Incredible Years group sessions, were interviewed about their views and experiences of parenting programmes that focused on positive parenting practices. Analysis of interview transcripts drew on thematic approaches. Parents perceived that parenting programmes helped them to better understand their child and themselves and to let go of anxieties surrounding their child's behaviour. Better understanding included greater awareness of emotions and of behaviours their child could and could not control. Parents believed this awareness helped them to change the ways that they interacted with their child, which, in turn, helped them and their child to feel calmer. With greater understanding and calmness parents believed they became more able to see for themselves the changes that they could make in their parenting and everyday lives, and to feel more confident in putting these into practice.<h4>Discussion</h4>By supporting parents to reflect on their own and their child's situation, parents perceived that programmes enabled them to improve interactions with their children without getting stuck in self-blame or feeling overwhelmed. Parents of children whose behaviour remained challenging believed that programmes led to beneficial changes in the way they felt about their child's behaviours. Enhanced support for reflection by parents could potentially help more families to benefit from parenting programmes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Humans, Parent-Child Relations, Parenting, Parents, Qualitative Research, Education, Nonprofessional, Child, Female, Male, Surveys and Questionnaires, Problem Behavior
Divisions: Faculty of Health and Life Sciences
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences > Institute of Population Health
Depositing User: Symplectic Admin
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2021 11:24
Last Modified: 26 Jan 2022 13:04
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0258528
Open Access URL: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.13...
URI: https://livrepository.liverpool.ac.uk/id/eprint/3142744