Parenting and infant mental health promotion: teachers’ views

Lynn Carol Cuddihy, Anna Waugh

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Abstract

Purpose
This research critically examined school teachers’ experiences and beliefs regarding parenting and Infant Mental Health (IMH) promotion, starting with the research question: How do teachers in two secondary schools view their roles regarding parenting and infant mental health promotion?

Design/methodology/approach
Qualitative, exploratory focus groups were used with two groups of teachers that delivered Personal Social Education (PSE) in Schools.

Findings
Teachers currently have varying roles in PSE delivery. Interaction within focus groups can generate changes of opinions. Teachers do not promote parenting and IMH but are keen for support and training to do so to enable them to benefit future parents.

Research limitations/implications
This was small-scale study. There was limited breadth of knowledge and experience of participants. The study highlights the need for further research and support and training for school based staff in parenting promotion.

Originality/value
No similar research was found in this area at the time of the study.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)72-77
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Public Mental Health
Volume16
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 5 Apr 2017

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