Journal article

More than play: The impact of playgroup participation on culturally and linguistically diverse parents' and carers' degree of social support, connectedness and self-efficacy

Lauren Deadman, Vicki L McKenzie

The Educational and Developmental Psychologist | CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS | Published : 2020


Supported playgroups are a common form of intervention offered in Australian early childhood education. This study used interviews and quantitative measures to examine whether attending supported playgroups benefits culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) parents' or carers' social support, connectedness, and parental self-efficacy (PSE). Thirty-five playgroup attendees completed three validated measures assessing social support, isolation, and PSE. Seven mothers, two carers, and two playgroup staff participated in semistructured interviews. The quantitative and qualitative data indicated that CALD parents and carers show high levels of isolation and low social support. The qualitative ..

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