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We all care just as much about the child: stakeholders' experiences of parenting support in a Norwegian school context.

Authors
  • Berg, Anita1
  • Appoh, Lily1
  • Ørjasæter, Kristin Berre1
  • 1 Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Nord University, Namsos, Norway. , (Norway)
Type
Published Article
Journal
International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being
Publisher
Informa UK Limited
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2021
Volume
16
Issue
1
Pages
1908014–1908014
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1080/17482631.2021.1908014
PMID: 33829962
Source
Medline
Keywords
Language
English
License
Unknown

Abstract

Purpose: Despite increased focus on parenting support internationally, there is a lack of agreement in what constitutes parenting support. This paper explores the experiences of parenting support activities from the perspective of stakeholders in Norwegian basic schools.Methods: Five focus group interviews were conducted with representatives from the schools' parent work committee, class teachers, health nurses, and social workers from nine schools. The data were interpreted using an inductive thematic analysis.Results: Three main themes emerged from the data: (1) A community for the best of the child, (2) uniting through relations, and (3) sharing knowledge and language. Parenting support was experienced as universal, relational, and multidimensional. It was related to everyday life interactions between the home, school, and the parenting community with the best interest of the child as a goal.Conclusion: To avoid reducing parents to passive recipients of expert advice, parenting support activities should be an integral part of everyday school-home-parenting community collaborations.Abbreviation: EU-The European Union; UN-The Unition Nations; CoE-The Council of Europe; NSD-The Norwegian Centre for Research Data; CTP-Class teachers in primary school; CTJS-Class teachers in junior secondary school; P-Parents; H-Health nurses; SW-Social workers.

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