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Tuned in parenting64Table 1.Frequency of Self-reported Diagnostic Symptoms in TIP and Control Groups at Week 1Diagnostic Symptoms TIP ControlDysthymia 1 2Suicidal ideation 1 0Manic episode 2 1Phobia 6 3Obsessive Compulsive Disorder 3 1Excessive alcohol use 4 2Traumatic event 5 3Generalised Anxiety Disorder 4 3the group. For this group there were fivecontrol group participants who were offeredfirst choice in a participation group shouldfunding become available later. Control groupparticipants continued to receive regular childhealthrelated services.Data AnalysisContent analyses of the semi structuredinterview data were undertaken by tworesearch assistants according to the principlesand rigor outlined by Patton (2001). Pre andpost-intervention interviews from participantand control groups were de-identified andtreated as one sample, initially. After themeswere identified for the whole sample, thedifferences between groups were explored.Results and DiscussionAll caregivers in the participating dyadsin the study were female biological parents ofthe children. There was an even distribution ofgender in the children across participation andcontrol groups with seven males and sevenfemales. The mean age of the children wassimilar across groups; however, the range wasaffected by the inclusion of one participantwho was 18 months old, three months olderthan the other participating children, yet withinthe target range of the study. One notabledifference between the two groups was that theTIP groups included considerably more firsttimemothers than the control group with onlyone of six control group participants being afirst-time mother compared with five of eightTIP group participants being first-timemothers.All participants interviewed with theMINI screen indicated the presence ofpotentially disturbing symptoms in at least onecategory. There was very little differencebetween the control and TIP participants in thenumber and types of symptoms present (Table1).Although the sample is small thechanges identified in the interview data arepromising and are reported here in somedetail. Thematic analysis of the interview datayielded ten sub-themes that were groupedaround three themes: Relationship strain, Intunerelationship and Interpretation of cues(see Table 2). These are discussed in relationto each group (TIP and control) across the preand post interviews.Theme 1. Relationship StrainFive of the ten sub-themes that emergedfrom the data were clustered around the themeof Relationship strain. Included in thediscourse around this sub-theme werestatements that explicitly or implicitly referredto feelings of guilt, shame and inadequacy as amother as well as guilt specific to not givingThe Australian Community Psychologist Volume 20 No 2 December 2008

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