Experiences of community health nurses regarding father participation in child health care
2011 (English)In: Journal of Child Health Care, ISSN 1367-4935, E-ISSN 1741-2889, Vol. 15, no 3, 153-162 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Traditionally child health care (CHC) has been an arena where mothers and nurses meet, but in recent years fathers are entering CHC with increasing frequency. The aim of this study was to describe nurses’ experiences of fathers’ participation in CHC. Nine Swedish nurses working in CHC were interviewed and asked to give a description of their experiences from meetings with fathers in CHC. Phenomenology according to Giorgi was used for the analysis and the essence of the findings was that father participation was seen from the perspective of mother participation and was constantly compared to mother participation in CHC. The essence is explicated in the following themes: participation through activities; equal participation although diverse; influence of structures in society; and strengthening participation. Clinical implications include the need for creating a separate identity in CHC for fathers and more communication directed at fathers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
London, UK: Sage Publications Ltd. , 2011. Vol. 15, no 3, 153-162 p.
child health care; father; nurses’ experiences; participation
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70813DOI: 10.1177/1367493511403952ISI: 000296072100001OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-70813DiVA: diva2:441894