'Stretched thin with little children' - smoking perceptions and experiences of families seeking help with parenting

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Brown, Nicola, Luckett, Tim, Davidson, Patricia M. and DiGiacomo, Michelle. (2020). 'Stretched thin with little children' - smoking perceptions and experiences of families seeking help with parenting. Journal of Child Health Care. 25(4), pp. 549-546. https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493520967834
AuthorsBrown, Nicola, Luckett, Tim, Davidson, Patricia M. and DiGiacomo, Michelle
Abstract

Cigarette smoking is the leading preventable cause of poor pregnancy outcomes. Pregnancy is a trigger for smoking cessation yet, up to 50% of parents will relapse in the early years of their child’s life. This study explored the smoking-related perceptions and experiences of 11 parents seeking professional help with the care and parenting of babies and toddlers using semi-structured interviews. Inductive thematic analysis identified three themes: parenting as a change catalyst, smoking as a parenting challenge and smoking as a coping strategy. Becoming a parent is a catalyst to reduce the associated risks and stigma associated with smoking, but maintaining rules and boundaries can be perceived as a further burden for parents who are struggling to care for their infant. When faced with difficulties with parenting, parents may revert to smoking as a coping strategy. Based on these study findings, interventions targeting gender norms may be useful in addressing smoking cessation.

Keywordshealth education; family health; parenting; postpartum; qualitative research; smoking
Year2020
JournalJournal of Child Health Care
Journal citation25 (4), pp. 549-546
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN1367-4935
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1367493520967834
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85092632825
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range549-546
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Online15 Oct 2020
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Deposited12 Dec 2021
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