Parents' experiences of child growth and development concerns: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Savage, Eileen en
dc.contributor.advisor O'Connell, Rhona en
dc.contributor.author Mulcahy, Helen
dc.date.accessioned 2015-09-16T15:00:06Z
dc.date.issued 2014
dc.date.submitted 2014
dc.identifier.citation Mulcahy, H. 2014. Parents' experiences of child growth and development concerns: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. DN Thesis, University College Cork. en
dc.identifier.endpage 226
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10468/1977
dc.description.abstract Background: Assessing child growth and development is complex. Delayed identification of growth or developmental problems until school entry has health, educational and social consequences for children and families. Health care professionals (HCPs), including Public Health Nurses work with parents to elicit and attend to their growth and development concerns. It is known that parents have concerns about their children’s growth and development which are not expressed in a timely manner. Measuring parental concern has not been fully effective to date and little is known about parents’ experiences of expressing concerns. Aim: To understand how parents make sense of child growth or development concerns. Method: The study was qualitative using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA). A purposeful sample of 15 parents of pre-school children referred by their PHN to second tier services was used. Data were collected by semi-structured interviews. NVivo version 10 was used for data management purposes and IPA for analysis. Findings: Findings yielded two contextual themes which captured how parents described The Concern – ‘telling it as it is’ and their experiences of being Referred on. Four superordinate themes were found which encapsulated the Uncertainty – ‘a little bit not sure’ of parents as they made sense of the child’s growth and development problems. They were influenced by Parental Knowledge – ‘being and getting in the know’ which aided their sense-making before being prompted by Triggers to action. Parents then described Getting the child’s problem checked out as they went to express their concerns to HCPs. Conclusion and Implications: Parental expression of concerns about their child is a complex process that may not be readily understood by HCPs. A key implication of findings is to reappraise how parental concern is elicited and attended to in order to promote early referral and intervention of children who may have growth and development problems. en
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dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University College Cork en
dc.rights © 2014, Helen Mulcahy. en
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/ en
dc.subject Child growth and development en
dc.subject Interpretative phenomenological analysis en
dc.subject Parental concern en
dc.subject Public health nursing en
dc.subject Parents' experiences en
dc.title Parents' experiences of child growth and development concerns: an interpretative phenomenological analysis en
dc.type Doctoral thesis en
dc.type.qualificationlevel Doctoral Degree (Structured) en
dc.type.qualificationname Doctor of Nursing Practice en
dc.internal.availability Full text available en
dc.description.version Accepted Version
dc.description.status Not peer reviewed en
dc.internal.school Nursing and Midwifery en
dc.check.reason This thesis is due for publication or the author is actively seeking to publish this material en
dc.check.opt-out Not applicable en
dc.thesis.opt-out false
dc.check.entireThesis Entire Thesis Restricted
dc.check.embargoformat E-thesis on CORA only en
ucc.workflow.supervisor e.savage@ucc.ie
dc.internal.conferring Summer Conferring 2014


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