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My favourite part was learning different ways to play: qualitatively evaluating a socially prescribed creative play programme

Davis, Paige E. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0043-9991, Reason, Matthew ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0536-4236 and Thain, Miranda (2024) My favourite part was learning different ways to play: qualitatively evaluating a socially prescribed creative play programme. Public Health, 230. pp. 1-5.

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Social prescription is classically thought of as an initiative for older people. This qualitative study aimed to evaluate the first socially prescribed creative play programme for families of 0-3-year-old children in the UK, examining the experience of the parents throughout the stages of the programme.
Study Design:
The evaluation ran longitudinally over 5 weeks using interview, field note, and questionnaire data.
The evaluation was carried out over 5 weeks in 2022 using intervention leaders’ and researcher’s field notes, nine parent semi-structured interviews, and 17 parent questionnaires on their experiences. Data were analysed using inductive interpretive thematic analysis.
After analysis of the corpus of data, three themes that interacted with each other were identified: Support Systems that Parents Trust, Calming in Chaos, and Practical Parenting Utility. Parents said that they were more likely to sign up for the programme when they trusted the recommender and the organization running the programme. They found the SP group more relaxed and calm than other groups, and their daily lives. The knowledge about health behaviours and modelling of play were the main take home skills reported.
In order for parents to be receptive to practical parenting knowledge the SP aimed to foster, parents must first establish trust in a calming atmosphere. Social links and child development were the key factor parents identified linking to wellbeing.
Key Words: Play intervention, social prescribing, parent play, play in infancy

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.puhe.2024.01.032
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
School/Department: School of the Arts
Institutes: Institute for Social Justice
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/9063

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