Informal community support for parents of pre-school children: A comparative study investigating the subjective experience of parents attending community-based toddler groups in different socio-economic situations

Owen, Alex and Anderson, Babs (2015) Informal community support for parents of pre-school children: A comparative study investigating the subjective experience of parents attending community-based toddler groups in different socio-economic situations. Journal of Early Childhood Research, 30 (7). pp. 1103-1117. ISSN 1476-718X

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Abstract

"Within the United Kingdom, the importance of the appropriate parenting of children in their early years has received significant political support. However, it has been found that positive outcomes for young children, in terms of their present experience and future life chances, are often significantly weakened by the impact of poverty. A phenomenological scoping study was undertaken to explore the reasons why parents living in poverty access informal social support networks, in the form of community-based toddler groups. The study found that engagement with these networks has value for parents in terms of their mental well-being and their peer education, both of which support their ability to parent a young child appropriately."

Item Type: Article
Additional Information and Comments: This is the author's post peer review version of an article, the final version of which is published in the Sage Publications Journal of Early Childhood
Keywords: informal social support, life chances, parenting, poverty
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Susan Blagbrough
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2015 13:59
Last Modified: 18 Sep 2016 00:15
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/529

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