Mentalization-based Families First Group Intervention for First-Time Parents : Parents’ Perspective

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Sourander , J , Laakso , M-L & Kalland , M 2021 , ' Mentalization-based Families First Group Intervention for First-Time Parents : Parents’ Perspective ' , Journal of infant, child, and adolescent psychotherapy , vol. 20 , no. 1 , pp. 77-90 . https://doi.org/10.1080/15289168.2021.1872148

Title: Mentalization-based Families First Group Intervention for First-Time Parents : Parents’ Perspective
Author: Sourander, Johanna; Laakso, Marja-Leena; Kalland, Mirjam
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Faculty of Educational Sciences
University of Helsinki, Department of Social Research (2010-2017)
Date: 2021
Number of pages: 14
Belongs to series: Journal of infant, child, and adolescent psychotherapy
ISSN: 1528-9168
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/329622
Abstract: The study investigated, first, the benefits reported by first-time parents after attending a Families First mentalization-based group intervention and, second, looked for indicators of mentalization. A total of 367 mothers and 183 fathers completed a web-based questionnaire. Data analysis concentrated on parents’ responses to seven open questions that were subsequently processed by qualitative thematic analysis. Also a chi-square test was performed to study the differences between mothers and fathers on the benefits reported. Four main benefits were reported by the parents: peer support, understanding of the baby, insights into oneself as parent and parent-child interaction, and family involvement. Indicators of mentalization and differences between mothers and fathers in the number of experienced benefits within the four main categories of benefits were found. The results indicate that the Families First intervention succeeded in benefiting first-time mothers and fathers in various ways. Also, the findings suggest that a mentalization-based group intervention supports parents during a significant transition phase in their lives. The findings highlight the value of preventive support for first-time parents and the application of a mentalization-based approach in parenting programs.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
515 Psychology
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