Gaining an Empathetic Insight into Parenting: Evaluating Infant Simulator Dolls for Professional Learning

Title

Gaining an Empathetic Insight into Parenting: Evaluating Infant Simulator Dolls for Professional Learning

Creator

Whiting L; Petty J; Roberts S; Littlechild B; Mills K

Identifier

Publisher

Health and Social Work

Date

2024

Subject

child; Infant; human; palliative therapy; social work; child parent relation; infant; qualitative research

Description

The development of an empathetic approach when working with parents and families is fundamental to both social work and children's nursing; however, opportunities to develop this are limited. RealCare Baby infant simulator dolls were used with the aim of enabling students to gain an empathetic insight into parenting. A qualitative, evaluation study involving semistructured interviews with 10 social work and 11 children's nursing students was undertaken to evaluate experiences and views of infant simulator dolls, in relation to professional learning. Using reflexive thematic analysis of interview data, six key themes were identified: (1) positive experiences, (2) challenges, (3) impact on self, (4) empathy toward parents, (5) realism and (6) learning by reflection. All themes were evident from the participants' accounts in the context of the parenting experience. In addition to the overall positive impact on students, practical and technical challenges were also identified. However, despite these difficulties, participants valued the learning experience gained from caring for a doll and many articulated how an empathetic understanding of the parenting role was enhanced. This will potentially enable social work and children's nursing students to support parents more sensitively and empathetically.

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Citation List Month

April List 2024

Collection

Citation

Whiting L; Petty J; Roberts S; Littlechild B; Mills K, “Gaining an Empathetic Insight into Parenting: Evaluating Infant Simulator Dolls for Professional Learning,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 24, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19565.