Factors Affecting Young Mothers’ Access to Child Healthcare Services: A Behavioural Analysis to Guide the Development of Interventions

Krahe, Michelle, O'Leary, Kate, Reilly, Sheena, Wallis, Kate, and Walsh, Karyn (2022) Factors Affecting Young Mothers’ Access to Child Healthcare Services: A Behavioural Analysis to Guide the Development of Interventions. Behaviour Change, 40 (4).

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Abstract

Young mothers are more likely to access healthcare for their children in emergent care settings and less likely to use preventive care. This study examines the healthcare-seeking behaviours of young mothers to inform the design of tailored interventions. Semi-structured interviews with nine young mothers (aged ≤ 25 years) who were attending a supported playgroup in Brisbane, Australia were conducted and explored using the Capability, Opportunity and Motivation and Behaviour (COM-B) model and the Theoretical Domains Framework (TDF). Five behavioural themes were identified (navigating the system, complex referral pathways, delays and long wait times, understanding child development, and connecting to services) and the role of the supported playgroup in shaping young mothers’ understanding of child development and connecting them to services was highlighted. Recommended strategies to address these factors include opportunities for young mothers to learn about child developmental milestones, improving young mothers’ health literacy, increasing young mothers’ skills and/or the availability of support to help them navigate health services, and providing more accessible entry points for child assessments, referrals, or early intervention programs.

Item ID: 81155
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2049-7768
Copyright Information: © The Author(s), 2022. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Australian Association for Cognitive and Behaviour Therapy. This is an Open Access article, distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution licence (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/), which permits unrestricted re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Date Deposited: 05 Dec 2023 04:44
FoR Codes: 42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4206 Public health > 420601 Community child health @ 50%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420305 Health and community services @ 25%
42 HEALTH SCIENCES > 4203 Health services and systems > 420312 Implementation science and evaluation @ 25%
SEO Codes: 20 HEALTH > 2003 Provision of health and support services > 200399 Provision of health and support services not elsewhere classified @ 50%
20 HEALTH > 2002 Evaluation of health and support services > 200204 Health inequalities @ 50%
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