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Do parents of adolescents request the same universal parental support as parents of younger children? A random sample of Swedish parents

Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift
Författare Karin Wallgren Thorslund
Jan Johansson Hanse
Ulf Axberg
Publicerad i Scand J Public Health
Volym 45
Nummer/häfte 5
Sidor 492-502
ISSN 1403-4948
Publiceringsår 2017
Publicerad vid Psykologiska institutionen
Sidor 492-502
Språk English
Länkar doi.org/10.1177/1403494817705233
Ämnesord Universal prevention parenting programs, parental engagement, adolescence, parental support, family intervention, program, fathers, sweden, health, involvement, Public, Environmental & Occupational Health
Ämneskategorier Psykologi


Universal parental support intended to enhance parents' capacity for parenting is an important aspect of public health strategies. However, support has mostly been aimed at parents, especially mothers, of younger children. There is a gap in the research concerning parents of adolescents and fathers' interest in parenting support. Aim: To investigate and compare the interest in parenting support of parents of adolescents and younger children, potential differences between mothers and fathers, and their knowledge of what is being offered to them already, and to explore their requirements for future universal parental support. Methods: Telephone interviews were conducted with a random sample of 1336 parents. Quantitative methods were used to analyze differences between groups and qualitative methods were used to analyze open-ended questions in regard to parents' requirements for future universal parental support. Results: About 82% of the parents of adolescents interviewed think that offering universal parental support is most important during child's adolescence. There is a substantial interest, particularly among mothers, in most forms of support. Despite their interest, parents have limited awareness of the support available. Only 7% knew about the local municipality website, although 70% reported a possible interest in such a website. Similarly, 3% knew that a parent phone line was available to them, while 59% reported a possible interest. Conclusions: It poses a challenge but is nevertheless important for municipalities to develop support targeted at parents of adolescents which is tailored to their needs, and to reach out with information.

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