The impact of a resource guide on new mothers' knowledge, self-efficacy and stress
Stone, Heidi Marissa
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Acquired parental knowledge and competence have been shown to help parents feel better prepared to handle the copious stressors involved in the transition to parenthood. Parent educational materials delivered at a “teachable moment” containing information pertinent to the age of the child have been shown to help parents feel more confident in their abilities to parent and less stressed in the parenting role leading to better long-term child and family outcomes. The current study evaluates the impact of a parent education resource delivered to new mothers immediately following the birth of their child. Results indicate that printed educational materials delivered at a teachable moment may help parents feel more knowledgeable about, adjusted to and prepared for their parenting role. Further mothers here reportedly understood the information they read and applied it to their everyday lives and kept the Guide for New Parents and read more of the publication over time as their needs and those of their families evolved. Implications for future research and practice are discussed.
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