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Small voices, significant stakeholders: young children's experiences of program participation and family life during involvement in a parenting program

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posted on 2022-03-29, 01:51 authored by Kelly Baird
Research on parenting programs rarely focuses on the children's perspectives and little is understood about how children experience these programs or the changes that may occur in their families during program participation. Further, the voices of disadvantaged or vulnerable young children have often been excluded from research on issues that directly affect their lives. To address this research gap, the current study adopted a longitudinal, mixed method design with a primary focus on the experiences of disadvantaged 3 to 5 year-old children (N=5) who attended an attachment- based parenting program. Two other early childhood settings, a supported playgroup (N=3) and preschool (N=10) were included as comparison groups. A range of child-friendly, accessible, and valid qualitative data collection methods such as child-photography and child interviews were used to capture children's perspectives of program participation and everyday home life. In addition, standardised quantitative measures were used to assess relevant aspects of the children's social development, particularly the quality of their peer interactions as well as children's attachment narrative representations of their attachment relationships.


Table of Contents

Chapter 1. Introduction -- Chapter 2. Literature review -- Chapter 3. Theoretical framework -- Chapter 4. Design and models -- Chapter 5. Results : life at the program - children's experiences of program participation -- Chapter 7. Results : children's narrative representations of their attachment relationships -- Chapter 8. Reflections on the research process -- Chapter 9. Discussions and conclusion.


"Children and Families Research Centre, Institute of Early Childhood, Faculty of Human Sciences, Macquarie University" -- title page. Theoretical thesis. Bibliography: pages 273-315

Awarding Institution

Macquarie University

Degree Type

Thesis PhD


PhD, Macquarie University, Faculty of Human Sciences, Institute of Early Childhood

Department, Centre or School

Institute of Early Childhood

Year of Award


Principal Supervisor

Jennifer M. Bowes


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