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Bridging the gap - the co-creation of a therapeutic process: reflections by parents and professionals on their shared experiences of early childhood interventions
Örebro University, School of Health and Medical Sciences. (Psykiatriskt Forskningscentrum)
2008 (English)In: Qualitative Social Work, ISSN 1473-3250, E-ISSN 1741-3117, Vol. 7, no 3, p. 289-309Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The aim of this study was to explore parents' and therapists' experiences of treatment processes in early childhood interventions. The parents and their therapists reflected on their experiences in joint interviews. The interpretation led to the crystallization of five central themes. The starting point was marked by 'parents' fear versus professional(s') confidence'. This formed the background against which both parties aimed at 'making sense of the situation'. The subsequent therapeutic process was characterized by the parents' and the professionals' 'striving for reciprocal responsiveness' and it led to the 'alteration of inner images'. Finally the two parties made a 'retrospective reflection on the nature of the relation'. Together these themes constitute the co-creation of a therapeutic process by bridging a gap that is created by fear, by power differentials and by differences in familiarity with the context. The parents shoulder responsibility for creating a cooperative relationship, and this is facilitated if they meet a 'normal, friendly and knowledgeable therapist who is capable of admitting that he/she may be wrong'.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London: Sage , 2008. Vol. 7, no 3, p. 289-309
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Social Sciences Social Sciences Social Work
Research subject
Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-3577DOI: 10.1177/1473325008093703OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-3577DiVA, id: diva2:137875
Available from: 2008-12-09 Created: 2008-12-09 Last updated: 2017-12-14Bibliographically approved
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1. Indispensable interaction: parents' perspectives on parent-child interaction and beneficial meetings
Open this publication in new window or tab >>Indispensable interaction: parents' perspectives on parent-child interaction and beneficial meetings
2009 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Parent-child interaction interventions, guided by the aim of promoting child development, have developed in Sweden during the last three decades. The aim of this thesis was to describe families taking part in such interventions and examine short term and long term changes in their problem loads. Praticular interest was directed towards the parents' experiences, both with respect to the treatment they had taken part in at either of four centres for parent-child interaction interventions presented in this thesis and to other persons and/or contexts the parents considered had played an important and beneficial role for the child or the family.

The results show that the centres have reached both mothers, fathers and children beset by considerable difficulties in relation to interaction, offering them a treatment which an overwhelming majority of the families have chosen to follow through and which has made a difference to the families.

This thesis highlights the significance of beneficial relationships, not only within the intervention but also in other professional contexts, for the enhancing of children's development.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Örebro: Örebro universitet, 2009. p. 89
Series
Örebro Studies in Medicine, ISSN 1652-4063 ; 36
Keyword
parent-child, interaction intervention, Marte Meo, attachment, parents' perspectives, fathers, child development, narratives, intersubjectivity, hermeneutic phenomenology, therapeutic relationship
National Category
Medical and Health Sciences
Research subject
Medicine
Identifiers
urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-8506 (URN)978-91-7668-698-0 (ISBN)
Public defence
2009-12-04, Wilandersalen, Universitetssjukhuset, Örebro, 13:00 (Swedish)
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Available from: 2009-11-11 Created: 2009-11-10 Last updated: 2017-10-18Bibliographically approved

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