Delphi Expert Parent Study: Factors Needed for 21st Century Pre- and Perinatal Parenting Programs

Christine L. Mckee, Peta Stapleton, Aileen M. Pidgeon

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Using Delphi methodology, the current study utilized a panel of "expert" parents (N = 23 after three rounds) to examine nine content-based and logistical factors perceived to be important when developing pre- and perinatal (PPN) parenting programs for the modern day. The aim was to attain consensus on 235 items generated from literature and panelists. Consensus was reached on 126 items (53.62%). The most notable related to needs-based content, barriers to fathers' attendance, and groups of parents who may benefit most from programs. Consistent with the literature, clarity was not achieved for appropriate timing and length of programs. With the diversity of recommendations, next steps involve developing a range of programs that use randomized clinical trials with control groups, effective sample sizes, and are pre- and posttested.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)163-179
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Perinatal Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2019

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