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Volume 4, Issue 3


The Impact of a Parenting Guidance Programme for Mothers with an Ethnic Minority Background

Ane-Marthe Solheim Skar / Stephen von Tetzchner / Claudine Clucas
  • Infection & Population Health, University College London, England (Present address: Department of Psychology, University of Chester)
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/ Lorraine Sherr
Published Online: 2014-09-25 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2014-0020


The current mixed-method study investigates the effects of a culturally adapted version of the International Child Development Programme (ICDP) with 135 mothers - 29 ethnic Pakistani mothers residing in Norway attending Urdu-language groups and a comparison group of 105 Norwegian mothers attending Norwegian-language groups. All mothers completed questionnaires on parenting and psychosocial health before and after participating in the ICDP programme. In-depth interviews with a subgroup of 12 ethnic Pakistani mothers and 8 ethnic Norwegian mothers were analysed using thematic analysis. Before the ICDP programme, the Urdu-speaking mothers spent more time with the child, scored higher on distant child management and reported poorer mental health. Most changes over time were similar but significant for the Norwegian-speaking group only, which might imply that the minority mothers were in the process of change. In the interviews, the Urdu-speaking mothers’ emphasized enhanced communication and regulation as well as enhanced family relationships and life quality, whereas the Norwegian-speaking group told about increased consciousness and empowerment, and a more positive focus

Keywords: Parenting programme; ICDP; ethnic minorities; mothers; evaluation


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About the article

Received: 2013-09-19

Accepted: 2014-07-27

Published Online: 2014-09-25

Published in Print: 2014-09-01

Citation Information: Nordic Journal of Migration Research, Volume 4, Issue 3, Pages 108–117, ISSN (Online) 1799-649X, DOI: https://doi.org/10.2478/njmr-2014-0020.

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