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    Unravelling complexities involved in parenting a child with cystic fibrosis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis

    Glasscoe, Claire and Smith, Jonathan A. (2011) Unravelling complexities involved in parenting a child with cystic fibrosis: an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 16 (2), pp. 279-298. ISSN 1359-1045.

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    Abstract

    We conducted a qualitative study with caregivers for a contemporary understanding of the challenge of caring for a child with cystic fibrosis (CF). A single case is presented that details one woman’s experience from her unique perspective of both, ‘mother to a child with CF’ and ‘CF healthcare provider’ using an interpretative phenomenological analysis. Emergent themes include: ‘trying to keep things normal,’ which includes different types of normality and routine management of treatment; ‘when things become difficult,’ which includes dealing with symptoms and battling with CF related decline; and, ‘the complexity of decision making.’ The discussion section expands on how, for this mother contrasting modes of managing CF (everyday life/full-on alert) co-existed and were further complicated by (i) role discrepancies (mother/nurse), and (ii) a dialectic between affect and reason. The CF parenting challenge increasingly involves responsibility for complex healthcare interventions and this study suggests a need for further enquiry into how caregivers are involved in the treatment plan and decision-making about treatment. Practice implications are proposed.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): care-giving, cystic fibrosis, medical decision-making, qualitative case study, treatment, burden
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 08 Dec 2015 15:45
    Last Modified: 08 Dec 2015 15:45
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13715

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