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Focus group with five mothers who participated in the early intervention programme Preparing for Life. This focus groups was conducted in 2009 as part of the process evaluation of the Preparing for Life (PFL) programme which was delivered by the community organisation Northside Partnership in Dublin from 2008. The process evaluation is part of a larger evaluation of PFL, which was conducted by researchers at the UCD Geary Institute between 2008 and 2015, and led by Dr Orla Doyle.
This transcript is from a focus group with mothers who were allocated into the high treatment group by a randomisation process. The high treatment group received the full suite of supports from PFL including regular home visits from a dedicated mentor. In this focus group interviewees discuss their opinions on the PFL programme so far, expectations before participating, how they were recruited into the programme, their relationship with their mentor, opinions on the developmental toys, aspirations for the future of PFL, and their pregnancy experiences.