Parental Informal Community Support and the impact upon the parenting of children in their early years

Owen, Alex (2016) Parental Informal Community Support and the impact upon the parenting of children in their early years. In: Children and Young People in a Changing World Conference, June 2016, Liverpool. (Unpublished)

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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. 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. The study involved accessing parental voice concerning their subjective experience.

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 a young child within a context of poverty. The findings have implications for The Foundation Years Project which is seeking to develop a model that will address some of the factors that inhibit a child reaching their full potential.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty / Department: Faculty of Education > Early Childhood
Depositing User: Alex Owen
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2017 10:37
Last Modified: 23 Nov 2017 10:37

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