The role of informal social support for adults parenting children in their early years within contexts of poverty

Owen, Alex (2015) The role of informal social support for adults parenting children in their early years within contexts of poverty. In: European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This research project, undertaken with the Foundation Years Project, sought to study the effectiveness of interventions employed to support adults parenting children in their early years within a context of poverty.The gap in holistic development between children living in poverty and children unaffected by poverty has been shown to emerge as early as 22 months of age. This then leads to significant differences in later life in terms of a child’s opportunities to thrive. Field's Review (2010) and Tickell's Review (2011) reveal that one key influence upon holistic development, during the early years, is the quality of relationships formed within the home. This has particular relevance for those parenting in a context of poverty. A phenomenological scoping study was undertaken to explore the subjective reasons why parents living in poverty access informal social support networks, in the form of community based toddler groups, and any impact this might have on child-directed behaviours.A consent form and information sheet were provided. All participants' names were anonymised. Participants were given the opportunity to withdraw at any time.The study found that engagement with informal social support networks has value for parents in terms of their mental well-being and their peer education, both of which support their ability to parent within a context of poverty. The findings have implications for The Foundation Years Project which is seeking to develop a model that seeks to address some of the factors that inhibit a child reaching their full potential later in life.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Alex Owen
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 10:39
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 10:39
URI: http://hira.hope.ac.uk/id/eprint/2264

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