Parents' Experience of Contradictions in the Context of the Parent-child Relationship During Middle Childhood

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Parents' Experience of Contradictions in the Context of the Parent-child Relationship During Middle Childhood

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dc.contributor.advisor Kuczynski, Dr. Leon
dc.contributor.author Dawczyk, Anna
dc.date 2011-08-31
dc.date.accessioned 2011-09-15T18:59:07Z
dc.date.available 2011-09-15T18:59:07Z
dc.date.issued 2011-09-15
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10214/3013
dc.description.abstract Parents constantly experience contradictions because children’s development may lead to new or surprising interactions that fail to fit parents’ current ways of thinking about their children. This qualitative study used a dialectical perspective of contradictions from social relational theory to explore how contradictions instigate parental change (Kuczynski & Parkin, 2007; Kuczynski, Pitman, & Mitchell, 2009). Forty families with children aged 8-13 participated in open-ended interviews that were analyzed with thematic analysis. Results revealed that contradictions occurred because of parents’ own incompatible or inconsistent thoughts and/or behaviours, and children’s behaviours. Parents processed and managed contradictions with description, information gathering and reflecting, and acting on contradictions. The nature of the outcome of parents’ contradictions included: outcome not evident, outcome in process, partial strategy or temporary solution and contradiction is resolved. Surprise, sadness, anxiety, stress, and anger were the emotions associated with contradictions. Analyses indicated that parents constantly experience contradictions and few are fully resolved. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.subject contradictions, parent-child relationship, parenting, middle childhood, dialectics en_US
dc.title Parents' Experience of Contradictions in the Context of the Parent-child Relationship During Middle Childhood en_US
dc.type Thesis en_US
dc.degree.programme Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US
dc.degree.name Master of Science en_US
dc.degree.department Department of Family Relations and Applied Nutrition en_US


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