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    Through a mother's lens: a qualitative analysis reveals how temporal experience shifts when a boy born preterm has cystic fibrosis

    Glasscoe, Claire and Smith, Jonathan A. (2008) Through a mother's lens: a qualitative analysis reveals how temporal experience shifts when a boy born preterm has cystic fibrosis. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry 13 (4), pp. 609-626. ISSN 1359-1045.

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    Abstract

    We present a qualitative case study of one woman's experience of bringing up a child with cystic fibrosis (CF), born prematurely, using interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA). This mother's existential account portrays time sequences for developmental milestones and synchronization of lifecycle events as atypical. Her perception of her child fluctuated radically; illness seemed to displace time, which collapsed with adversity. The temporal relations of CF and preterm birth are blurred at certain points. Although the challenge of compromised health may in some ways have promoted her son's development, his immature self-expression moved this mother towards an insider perspective of his experience. Cystic fibrosis is an ominous presence that demands respect even when the child is well. Anticipating the psychological impact of biomedical interventions can help to minimize trauma and maximize adaptation. Talking and play at transitional time points may assist the way parents and children assimilate temporal disruptions.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): biological clock, cystic fibrosis, qualitative case study, temporal experience
    School: Birkbeck Schools and Departments > School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Administrator
    Date Deposited: 16 Dec 2010 15:03
    Last Modified: 17 Apr 2013 12:19
    URI: http://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/2587

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