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Altering the Parenting Role: Parents' Experience of Supporting the Health and Well-Being of Their Adolescent Girls
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University of Växjö, Växjö, Sweden. (Kvinna, barn och familj, Woman, child and family)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7368-953X
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Mälardalens University, Västerås, Sweden. (Äldre och långvariga hälsoproblem, Older Adults and Long-Term Health Problems)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9194-3244
Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University of Växjö, Växjö, Sweden.
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, Health and Education. The Research Group CHILD, Jönköping University, Jönköping, Sweden. (Kvinna, barn och familj, Woman, child and family)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-6419-2417
2015 (English)In: Child and Youth Care Forum, ISSN 1053-1890, E-ISSN 1573-3319, Vol. 44, no 3, 419-432 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background

In research the relationships between parents and their adolescent daughters have been viewed from problem oriented perspectives, usually exploring negative effects and health-related problems. Health and well-being are complex phenomena and knowledge is needed on how parents can support the health and well-being of their daughter.

Objectives

The aim of this study was to illuminate parents’ experiences of supporting the health and well-being of their adolescent girls.

Methods

A descriptive design with a phenomenological approach including interviews, individually or in group with ten mothers and five fathers was conducted.

Results

Supporting the health and well-being of adolescent girls was experienced as challenging. The parents needed to altering the parenting role: from being the one who had previously set the limits they needed to rethink and be available for support. In this process interplay, communication and trust were important to support the health and well-being of the girls in an efficient way. This meaning was further illuminated by four constituents: Balancing the need for control, maintaining a trusting relationship, interplay to facilitate their daughters’ transition to independence, and an ambiguous parenting role.

Conclusions

This study highlights the importance of parents being involved in the everyday life of their adolescent daughter to support her health and well-being. The parents’ ability to contribute to the health and well-being of their girl seemed in this study dependent on their ability to communicate and alter the parenting role with sensitivity to the lifeworld of the adolescent girl.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Springer, 2015. Vol. 44, no 3, 419-432 p.
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Nursing
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Health and Caring Sciences, Nursing
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URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-10340DOI: 10.1007/s10566-014-9287-5ISI: 000352791800006ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84910070598OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-10340DiVA: diva2:768495
Available from: 2014-11-25 Created: 2014-12-04 Last updated: 2015-08-28Bibliographically approved

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