Alcohol consumption patterns among parents of hospitalized children: findings from a brief intervention study

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Aims: This study aimed to explore parents’ perception and experience of a brief intervention (BI), focusing
on their alcohol consumption habits to assess the impact on parents of staff members using motivational
interviewing (MI) and to gain knowledge of how to reinforce initiatives regarding behavioural changes of
lifestyle problems in a clinical setting.
Background: Substantial parental alcohol consumption influences children’s development negatively. Nursing
staff lacks knowledge and training in communicating with parents about alcohol issues. Little is known about
parents’ attitudes towards, and perception of, nursing staff addressing issues concerning their use of alcohol.
Methods: A qualitative approach by use of phenomenological and hermeneutic methods was applied.
Through interviews with 15 parents, their opinions and perceptions of a brief alcohol intervention were
Results: Three themes emerged from the phenomenological reduction: (1) experiencing respect and genuine
interest from the nursing staff, (2) BI causing reflections on own use of alcohol, and (3) reflections continuing
and developing over time.
Conclusion and practice implications: The parents did not mind having their lifestyle habits discussed in
connection with having their child admitted to hospital. The method MI proved effective in getting the
parents to talk about and reflect on alcohol consumption habits. The effects of the intervention seemed to last
beyond the first months after the intervention took place.
TidsskriftInternational Nursing Review
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)132-138
Antal sider7
StatusUdgivet - 2012


  • Attitude
  • Qualitative
  • Paediatric
  • Health Promotion, Motivational Interviewing
  • Denmark
  • Brief Intervention