Swedish child health nurses' views of early father involvement: a qualitative study
2013 (English)In: Acta Paediatrica, ISSN 0803-5253, E-ISSN 1651-2227, Vol. 102, no 7, 755-761 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Aim To explore Swedish child health nurses' views on their role of involving fathers at the Child Health Centres (CHCs). Methods Interviews with 17 experienced Swedish Child Health nurses nurses were recorded, transcribed and analysed using systematic text condensation. Following the first analysis, the transtheoretical model of behavioural change was used to interpret the results. Results Four themes emerged during the analysis: (1) the nurses' own agenda; (2) nurses' opinion about the father's role; (3) nurses' gatekeeping; and (4) wanting more father involvement. Most nurses were in the precontemplation stage according to the transtheoretical model when they expressed their roles as nurses (Theme 1), how they perceived the father's role within the family (Theme 2) and how they actively encouraged mothers, but not fathers, to visit the CHCs (Theme 3/Mothers are our priority). Nurses in the contemplation stage started to consider involving fathers in the CHCs (Theme 3/The gate is closed...). Still others were in the preparation (Theme 4/Fathers are worthy of change) and action stages (Theme 4/Active in involving fathers), respectively. Conclusion Child Health nurses place more emphasis on engaging mothers than fathers in the services. To increase father involvement, nurses need support to become aware, initiate and maintain action.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2013. Vol. 102, no 7, 755-761 p.
Attitudes, Child Health Center, Parents, Qualitative interview, Sweden
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-203517DOI: 10.1111/apa.12246ISI: 000319741800031PubMedID: 23551155OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-203517DiVA: diva2:637260