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Father group leaders' experiences of creating an arena for father support - A qualitative study
Mälardalen University, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Health and Welfare. Malardalen Univ, Sch Hlth Care & Social Welf, Vasteras, Sweden..ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0242-0343
Karolinska Inst, Dept Publ Hlth Sci, Ctr Epidemiol & Community Med, Prevent Intervent & Mech Publ Hlth PRIME, Stockholm, Sweden..
Karolinska Inst, Dept Womens & Childrens Hlth, Stockholm, Sweden..
2018 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, ISSN 0283-9318, E-ISSN 1471-6712, Vol. 32, no 2, p. 943-950Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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BackgroundParental classes consisting of only fathers, hereafter referred to as father groups, have existed in Sweden since the mid-1990s. ObjectiveTo describe the father group leaders' perspectives on and experiences of father groups. MethodA qualitative study was conducted using content analysis. Eleven individual interviews with father group leaders were conducted. An interview guide was used. Settings and participantsThe study was set in different parts of Sweden. The participants were eleven men who are father group leaders. They were recruited using the snowball method. FindingsThe father group leaders described how participants often have high education levels and orderly social circumstances. The leaders described that the groups increased the fathers' reflection about parenthood, which could benefit the whole family in both the short and long term. The father group leaders reported that some of the topics in the sessions directly influenced fathers to discuss issues regarding equality and their co-parenting relationship. They also argued that participating in father groups might help convince fathers to take more parental leave and build stronger relationships with their partner and child.

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WILEY , 2018. Vol. 32, no 2, p. 943-950
Keywords [en]
content analysis, family, fathers, group leaders, groups, relationship
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URN: urn:nbn:se:mdh:diva-40229DOI: 10.1111/scs.12529ISI: 000436254800051OAI: oai:DiVA.org:mdh-40229DiVA, id: diva2:1232560
Available from: 2018-07-12 Created: 2018-07-12 Last updated: 2018-07-12Bibliographically approved

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