University of Hertfordshire

  • S. Kendall
  • Linda Bloomfield
  • Jane Appleton
  • K. Kitaoka
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Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)454-460
Number of pages7
JournalNursing and Health Sciences
Early online date3 Jun 2013
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013


Early child development and the impact of parenting on later life are of global concern.The rise in child abuse and maltreatment in Japan suggests that measures to increase self-efficacy and reduce stress would benefit
Japanese parents. In this study, we explored if Japanese parents attending a 123Magic parenting program reported reduced stress and enhanced self-efficacy. Questionnaire data were collected from 49 mothers
attending a parenting program conducted in public nursery schools in one prefecture in Japan. There were significant changes in parenting self-efficacy scores (P < 0.001) and parenting stress scores (P < 0.01). Focus
groups with 16 parents also found that there were benefits to parents in terms of increased confidence and less stress. The findings provide support for the role of public health nurses in delivering group-based parenting support in Japan.

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