Designing effective interventions for working parents: A web-based survey of parents in the UK workforce

Sanders, Matthew R., Haslam, Divna M., Calam, Rachel, Southwell, Clare and Stallman, Helen M. (2011) Designing effective interventions for working parents: A web-based survey of parents in the UK workforce. Journal of Children's Services, 6 3: 186-200. doi:10.1108/17466661111176042

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Author Sanders, Matthew R.
Haslam, Divna M.
Calam, Rachel
Southwell, Clare
Stallman, Helen M.
Title Designing effective interventions for working parents: A web-based survey of parents in the UK workforce
Journal name Journal of Children's Services   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1746-6660
Publication date 2011
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/17466661111176042
Volume 6
Issue 3
Start page 186
End page 200
Total pages 15
Place of publication Hove, United Kingdom
Publisher Pier Professional
Collection year 2012
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Purpose - The purpose of this paper is to examine working parents' experiences and attitudes and to determine if these differ according to gender. Three areas were investigated: level of reported difficulties in parenting and balancing work and family; parental perceptions about the workplace as a context for the delivery of parenting support; and employee preferences for intervention features.

Design/methodology/approach -
In total, 721 employed parents in the UK were recruited via their organisation and completed a web-based survey.

Findings -
A total of 41 percent of parents reported their children had significant behaviour problems and 85 percent stated that worksite parenting interventions should be made available. A clear preference was found for evidence-based interventions delivered by trained practitioners. The vast majority of men (86 percent) and women (90 percent) reported they would attend a workplace parenting intervention if one were available.

Originality/value -
The need to tailor programmes to the needs of parents is increasingly accepted. This paper analyses the potential for tailoring an evidence-based programme for parents in the workplace. It suggests that the provision of workplace parenting programmes may benefit the organisation and the individual and increase parental access to services.
Keyword Working parents
Work-family balance
Parenting interventions
Employee preferences
Consumer preferences
Work and family conflict
Quality of life
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Parenting and Family Support Centre (Triple P) - Publications
Official 2012 Collection
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Created: Tue, 18 Oct 2011, 10:05:44 EST by Sheila Cleary on behalf of Psychiatry - Royal Brisbane and Women's Hospital