ERIC Number: EJ1133978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Abstractor: As Provided
Do Young Children Perceive Change in the Daily Lives of Their Families during Participation in a Therapeutic Family Support Programme?
Baird, Kelly; Grace, Rebekah
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal, v25 n2 p258-271 2017
This article reports on findings from longitudinal research that explored perceptions of family life for three- to five-year-old children whose families were participating in an intensive, therapeutic family support programme (N = 5) in a disadvantaged community in Sydney, Australia. There were two early childhood comparison groups, one comprising children attending a supported playgroup (N = 2), and another comprising children attending preschool (N = 10). Interviews guided by Ecocultural theory were conducted with each child at three time points to understand their perspectives on everyday home and family life and explore whether or not their perceptions changed over the course of programme involvement. Thematic analysis revealed differences in perceptions of home life for children attending the family support programme compared with comparison group children. In contrast to the family support programme children, comparison group children described moments of love and affection in the parent-child dyad, shared meal times as opportunities to connect as a family, and enjoyment of home learning activities such as shared book reading. On the other hand, siblings played a key role, particularly as play partners, in the home lives of family support programme children. Change over time was found in two of the five family support programme children's descriptions of home life, such as increased parent-child play and having friends home to play. Little change over time was reflected in the accounts of family and home life for the comparison group children. This article argues for including children's voices in research on parenting intervention and family support programmes, and including children's perspectives as one important component in evaluating programme effectiveness.
Descriptors: Family Programs, Learning Activities, Family Environment, Longitudinal Studies, Interviews, Preschool Children, Therapy, Disadvantaged, Foreign Countries, Comparative Analysis, Parent Child Relationship, Play, Childhood Attitudes, Intervention, Parenting Styles, Program Effectiveness, Affective Behavior, Qualitative Research, Story Reading, Sibling Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
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