Do we make a difference? Parents' and nurses' experiences of using a strengths-based, solution-focused approach to care

Gail Wells, Linda Shields, Yvonne Hauck, Elaine Bennett, Kim Johnson

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Abstract

Strengths-based, solution-focused practice (SBSFP) is used in early parenting services around Australia. C-Frame, a SBSFP example, was introduced at Ngala, a day-stay parenting service, to guide a new way of working in partnership with clients. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to explore nurses’ and parents’ experience of using C-Frame to facilitate change around parenting issues. The questionnaire was developed from C-Frame competency standards. Over six weeks of data collection, 218 questionnaires were distributed to 15 nurses with 108 (49.5%) completed and 151 questionnaires were distributed to parents, with 110 (72.8%) returned. Data analysis involved descriptive statistics. All nurses felt C-Frame facilitated respectful listening (100%), fostered discussion of clients’ individual circumstances (98.1%), and took into account clients’ perspectives (97.2%). All parents (100%) agreed that staff understood what they wanted to achieve, that their questions, suggestions and opinions were actively sought and valued (99.1%), and their understanding of their child’s development and behaviours improved (99.1%). C-Frame was a useful approach to care provision as nurses confirmed they were able to implement the key elements of SBSFP and promote their clients’ journey in becoming empowered and confident parents.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)5-10
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Journal of Child and Family Health Nursing
Volume11
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2014

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