Parent`s gains knowledge and attitudes after taking a parenthood preparation course




health knowledge, attitudes and practice; parents; parenting; pregnancy; parenthood education


Introduction: More and more parents are showing doubts, fears and a lack of experience, highlighting the need felt by pregnant women to attend parenting preparation courses in order to obtain more information about pregnancy, preparing the trousseau, childbirth, caring for the newborn and even involving the baby's father and the rest of the family.

Objective: To develop and test the content validity of an instrument for assessing the knowledge and attitudes of future parents after taking a parenthood preparation course. Design: Development and content validity of an instrument to measure knowledge and attitudes after taking a parenthood preparation course.

Methods: The instrument was developed based on a review of the literature and parenthood preparation programs and afterward submitted to an expert panel for content validity by calculating the Content Validity Index. The questionnaire was interspersed with controlled feedback to determine whether the items that composed the instrument were representative of the content domain they were intended to measure.

Results: In the Pregnancy and Puerperium sub-domain about the Knowledge and Attitudes domains, the relative consensus values varied between 15.3% and 16.6%. In the Newborn sub-domain, the relative consensus values ranged from 80.0% to 83.7% in both domains, meaning that most parenting preparation course programs have a significant basis for agreement on these issues.

Conclusion: This innovative study identifies gaps in knowledge in maternal health that need to be addressed in future research. Developing an assessment tool can guide health professionals in an evidence-based decision-making process when adjusting parenthood preparation courses to parent’s expectations and needs.


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Sousa, A., Magalhães, A., Gomes, A., Oliveira, I., & Couto, G. (2024). Parent`s gains knowledge and attitudes after taking a parenthood preparation course. Millenium - Journal of Education, Technologies, and Health, 2(24), e34004.



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