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Title: Harnessing the power of cultural health narratives when working with parents of young children
Contributor(s): Rogers, Marg  (author)orcid 
Publication Date: 2019-09
Early Online Version: 2019-06-24
DOI: 10.1017/cha.2019.22
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Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 130210 Physical Education and Development Curriculum and Pedagogy
130102 Early Childhood Education (excl. Maori)
Fields of Research (FoR) 2020: 390302 Early childhood education
390111 Physical education and development curriculum and pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 939999 Education and Training not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2020: 160101 Early childhood education
Abstract: Narratives are a powerful tool for transferring knowledge and culture. They have a profound effect on our psyche and our attitudes to messages and teachings. The transfer of information through traditional teaching and lectures is often less effective in changing a belief or understanding than using narrative. In this discussion paper, I explore this phenomenon and examine the persuasive effect of cultural narratives. The discussion also considers the impacts of cultural narrative as an educative tool on parental attitudes towards childhood immunisation. I explore the changing nature of the way parents with young children communicate and seek information and early childhood educators’ roles in their lives within the Australian context. Understanding the way humans are drawn to narrative may be beneficial to health workers, early childhood educators, family workers and those who plan health education programmes. To effectively target their messages, it would be of benefit to public health officials to have knowledge about how parents with young children inform themselves and develop health beliefs, and the extent to which parents’ ideas become fixed.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Children Australia, 44(3), p. 105-109
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Place of Publication: United Kingdom
ISSN: 2049-7776
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
Description: The author of this publication has published two related publications ( and The first of these is an article about 'Narrative, ritual and acculturation', so gives further insight into the powerful affect on family and community narratives. The second one is about 'Protective factors in families' and outlines the way narratives provide security, comfort, motivation and a sense of purpose to military families.
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