Parenthood, information and support on the internet : a literature review of research on parents and professionals online

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Publication Article, review peer-reviewed scientific
Title Parenthood, information and support on the internet : a literature review of research on parents and professionals online
Author(s) Plantin, Lars ; Daneback, Kristian
Date 2009
English abstract
Background The aim of this article is to address questions on how parents use the internet to find information and support regarding children, health and family life. Another purpose is to find out how professionals use the internet to provide support and information to parents. This is done by a literature review. Methods Articles were searched for in five databases through a search strategy called a “building block” approach. The databases were searched from inception until September 14, 2007. Results The database searches yielded a total of 484 articles, the vast majority were found in PubMed. Of these articles, 109 articles were included by the researchers as relevant to the topic of parenthood and internet. Again, the majority of the articles were sourced from PubMed. In addition, we found that 15 articles were indexed in multiple databases, thus the actual number of relevant articles was lower, 94 articles in all. Conclusions The review shows that all the more of today’s parents search for both information and social supports on the internet. However as most studies are purely empirical and lack of a theoretical framework many questions remain unanswered on how we can understand this phenomenon. Many professionals have also recognized the parents great interest for going on line and offer both information and support on the net. But, interventions for a wider group of parents, as parent training on the net, are still very rare and we need more research to evaluate different forms of interventions on the net.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1471-2296-10-34 (link to publisher's fulltext)
Host/Issue BMC Family Practice
Volume 10
ISSN 1471-2296
Pages 34
Language eng (iso)
Subject(s) Family
Parenthood
Humanities/Social Sciences
Research Subject Categories::SOCIAL SCIENCES
Handle http://hdl.handle.net/2043/9096 (link to this page)

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