Enhancing Maternal Sensitivity and Emotional Wellbeing Through a Preventative Parent–Child Relationship Intervention in a Community Setting
|dc.identifier.citation||King, K. and Priddis, L. and Kane, R. 2014. Enhancing Maternal Sensitivity and Emotional Wellbeing Through a Preventative Parent–Child Relationship Intervention in a Community Setting. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 24 (6): pp. 1582-1592.|
The aim of this applied study was to explore the outcomes of a parent–child relationship intervention for enhancing maternal sensitivity to the infant’s needs and increasing maternal emotional wellbeing in the parenting situation. Whilst there is extensive support established for interventions with high-risk and at-risk populations, there is limited evidence from programs that target low risk parents who on presentation are often identified to have symptoms of depression, anxiety, or stress. A mixed methods research design was utilised to present quantitative and qualitative outcomes at pre- and post-intervention from 14 participants in the Tuned In Parenting program at a community health organisation. Self-report measures were summarised to provide a descriptive profile of participants. Recorded mother–child semi-structured play interactions were analysed using a behaviour rating scale. Transcripts of audio recordings from semi-structured interviews were analysed using a thematic and content approach. Participants demonstrated enhanced maternal sensitive responsiveness and a reduction in symptoms of maternal depression following program completion. The preventative relationship based intervention holds considerable promise in improving maternal wellbeing and transforming relationships between mothers and their children.
|dc.subject||Parental sensitivity – Mother–infant relationship – Attachment-based – Maternal depression – Family – Child|
|dc.title||Enhancing Maternal Sensitivity and Emotional Wellbeing Through a Preventative Parent–Child Relationship Intervention in a Community Setting|
|dcterms.source.title||Journal of Child and Family Studies|
|curtin.department||School of Psychology and Speech Pathology|
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