Internet-based peer support for parents
Citation: Niela-Vilén H, Axelin A, Salanterä S, et al. Internet-based peer support for parents: A systematic integrative review. International journal of nursing studies. 2014 Nov 1;51(11):1524-37.
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What is this? The COVID-19 pandemic is placing a strain on families. Existing research on internet- based support for parents might provide useful information for policy makers.
In this systematic review, the authors searched for studies of internet-based peer support interventions for parents. They restricted their searches to articles published in English and did the search in March 2014. They included 38 studies of internet-based peer support, which included mothers alone (16 studies), fathers alone (7) and both parents (15).
What was found: At the time of this review, the included studies showed that internet-based peer support provided informational support for both parents, despite geographic distance or time constraints.
At the time of this review, the included studies showed that internet-based peer support seemed to have some effects on parenting skills and the mental well-being of parents, but the evidence for this was limited, and the effects on many outcomes were uncertain.
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