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Will your infant be securely attached? A study about how current local collective preventive parent education interventions could be improved to ensure secure parental attachment in the first 1001 critical days in Twente.

Pepers, Msc M.A. (2020) Will your infant be securely attached? A study about how current local collective preventive parent education interventions could be improved to ensure secure parental attachment in the first 1001 critical days in Twente.

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Abstract:INTRODUCTION: Preventive parent education interventions are developed in order to assist child healthcare professionals to strive for optimal parental attachment behaviour in the first 1001 critical days after conception. In this follow-up research of Pepers (2019), the sixteen factors of secure parental attachment and the components of a persuasive strategy of Gagnon and Sandall (2007) are used to improve current local collective preventive parent education interventions provided by CHC professionals in Twente. RESEARCH QUESTION: Which persuasive strategy can be used to improve the current local collective preventive parent education interventions provided by CHC professionals in Twente to ensure secure parental attachment between parents and (unborn) infant in the first 1001 critical days after conception? METHODS: A multi-method research design consisting of a literature-driven and qualitative approach was used. According to the literature-driven approach, this research analyzed five current local collective preventive parent education interventions and, according to the qualitative approach, investigated opinions and practical experiences by conducting semi-structured interviews with CHC professionals about the integration of the sixteen factors of secure parental attachment and about the ideal persuasive strategy. RESULTS: CHC professionals in Twente indicated that the following six factors of secure parental attachment should be addressed in the content of current local preventive parent education interventions: mental health, childhood history, representation of (unborn) infant, infant temperament, marital relationship and parenting stress. Moreover, according to CHC professionals, the ideal persuasive strategy consisted of three group-oriented face-to-face sessions, with a length of 1.5-2 hours per session. The teaching/learning method consisted of providing information, showing the behaviour and practicing the behaviour with the help of videos. Lastly, the CHC professional/instructor of the preventive parent education intervention must be an expert in working with groups of parents. CONCLUSION/DISCUSSION: This research provides recommendations for improving a general persuasive strategy and for each current local preventive parent education intervention, recommendations are given to strive for optimal attachment behaviour between parents and (unborn) infant in the first 1001 critical days after conception. Regarding the municipalities in Twente, the first essential step is to aim attention at the Dutch action program ‘Kansrijke Start’ and to build local coalitions in the entire youth domain to ensure a promising start of every (unborn) infant, in which the concept of secure parental attachment is embedded. KEYWORDS: Secure parental attachment, collective preventive parent education interventions, persuasive strategy, 1001 critical days
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 80 pedagogy, 88 social and public administration
Programme:Public Administration MSc (60020)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/80454
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