There are three theories that provide framework for practice in the Nurse Family Partnership:
- Human Ecology
- Self– Efficacy
Human Ecology focuses on the importance of changes in roles– such as a young woman becoming a parent.
Attachment theory focuses the nurses attention on the importance of a mother’s awareness and attitudes towards her baby during pregnancy and the development of secure attachments between the baby and the baby’s consistent caregivers.
Self– Efficacy provides a useful framework for promoting women’s health– related behavior during pregnancy, care of their children, and personal development.
The NFP intervention will have maximum effect if you are able to interact with women and their families in ways that promote responsiveness, emotional connection, and confidence in their ability to succeed.