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Parents’ subjective experience of an attachment-focused group-based intervention: an exploratory study

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dc.contributor.advisor Coughlan, Barry
dc.contributor.author Creighton, Katie
dc.date.accessioned 2020-02-28T12:10:05Z
dc.date.available 2020-02-28T12:10:05Z
dc.date.issued 2019
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10344/8578
dc.description peer-reviewed en_US
dc.description.abstract Introduction: Research has highlighted the increasing need for prevention and early intervention approaches for children who experience adversity. There is growing support for attachment-focussed interventions targeting the parent-child relationship in supporting optimal child development. In 2017, an area-based initiative aimed at improving outcomes for children experiencing disadvantage commenced the delivery of the Circle of Security- Parenting intervention to parents in the community. The current study aimed to explore the subjective experience of parents’ engaging in the COS-P programme. Method: A qualitative design was utilised involving the completion of semi-structured interviews with participants. The researcher interviewed ten parents who participated in the COS-P intervention. Interviews were audio recorded and transcribed verbatim for analysis. Results: Analysis using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) generated three phases of a journey within participant narratives. These were: Group as safe base for selfdiscovery; Understanding my child in a new way; and New beginnings; reaching our potential together. Discussion: This study provided a comprehensive account of the phases of a journey that parents move through in their participation in the COS-P intervention. The findings are discussed in context of existing literature. Implications for policy, education, clinical practice and future research are discussed and outlined. en_US
dc.language.iso eng en_US
dc.publisher University of Limerick en_US
dc.subject early intervention en_US
dc.subject child development en_US
dc.subject IPA en_US
dc.subject education en_US
dc.title Parents’ subjective experience of an attachment-focused group-based intervention: an exploratory study en_US
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/doctoralThesis en_US
dc.type.supercollection all_ul_research en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_published_reviewed en_US
dc.type.supercollection ul_theses_dissertations en_US
dc.rights.accessrights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess en_US


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