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Parents’ Experiences of Early Parenthood – Preliminary Findings

  • Rachael Sanders (a1), Jennifer Lehmann (a1) and Fiona Gardner (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/cha.2014.20
  • Published online: 09 September 2014
Abstract

Parents are instrumental in the healthy development of their children, and consequently future generations, and should therefore be supported in their parental role. Using a Grounded Theory framework, 24 parents of 0- to 10-year-olds were interviewed about their experiences and preparation for parenthood. Despite their overall satisfaction, many felt underprepared, unsure, alone and inadequate during their transition to parenthood. Most of them felt like they struggled unnecessarily during the first year of parenthood, commenting on changes that would help support new parents. This paper reports the preliminary findings of the study.

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address for correspondence: Rachael Sanders, PhD Candidate, La Trobe University, Victoria, Australia. E-mail: rachael_s50@hotmail.com
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