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    Volunteer support for mothers with new babies: perceptions of need and support received

    MacPherson, K. and Barnes, Jacqueline and Nichols, M. and Dixon, Sharon (2009) Volunteer support for mothers with new babies: perceptions of need and support received. Children and Society 24 (3), pp. 175-187. ISSN 0951-0605.

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    Semi-structured interviews were conducted with 55 mothers of infants. Some had received Home-Start during their infant’s first year, others were offered the support but declined and the remainder were not offered Home-Start. Most of their support had come from informal sources, such as family and friends with less from professionals. Mothers who received Home-Start described beneficial aspects, in particular, the extent of practical support provided, preferable to calling on close relatives or friends. Difficulties related to volunteer characteristics and administrative problems. Overall volunteer support can be important to complement informal and formal support, but needs careful management.


    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version is available at
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science > School of Psychological Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Children, Families and Social Issues, Institute for the Study of (Closed)
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 08 Nov 2012 14:34
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:00


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