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Tasmania’s child and family centres building parenting capability: a mixed methods study


Jose, K and Christensen, D and van de Lageweg, WI and Taylor, C, Tasmania's child and family centres building parenting capability: a mixed methods study, Early Child Development and Care pp. 1-10. ISSN 0300-4430 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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Copyright 2018 Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group. This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Early Child Development and Care on 20/04/2018, available online:

DOI: doi:10.1080/03004430.2018.1455035


Tasmania’s Child and Family Centres (Centres) provide a single entry point to early childhood services (ECS) and aim to improve the health and wellbeing, education and care of Tasmania’s children through supporting families and carers. This mixed methods study investigated the impact of Centres on parents’ confidence and competence. Centre users reported a slightly lower overall sense of parenting competence than non-users. There was no difference between Centre users and non-users in how they felt overall as a parent. Compared to non-Centre users, Centre users were more likely to report that ECS helped them develop new parenting skills. Centres supported parenting practices through a range of formal (i.e. parenting courses) and informal (i.e. role modelling) strategies. Centre users indicated that the combination of formal and informal parenting supports worked together to assist them build new parenting skills. The Centre model and partnership approach facilitates the development of positive parenting practices.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:parenting competency, survey, interviews, disadvantaged communities, Tasmania
Research Division:Health Sciences
Research Group:Public health
Research Field:Community child health
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Specific population health (excl. Indigenous health)
Objective Field:Neonatal and child health
UTAS Author:Jose, K (Dr Kim Jose)
UTAS Author:Taylor, C (Professor Cate Taylor)
ID Code:125663
Year Published:2018
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2018-04-27
Last Modified:2020-09-22
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