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Dialectical Processes in Parent-child Relationships among Somali Families in Sweden
【Abstract】 Non-voluntary migration has been demonstrated to have an impact on family relationships as a result of children acculturating to the host country faster than their parents. Studies have reported on immigrant parents’ perceptions of their parenting in host countries. However, less is known about how both children and parents view and make sense of their relationships in new cons. This exploratory qualitative study aims to capture the dialectical processes in parent-child relationships among Somali families in Sweden. Data were collected using focus group discussions with youth (n = 47) and their parents (n = 33). The data were analysed using a thematic analysis. Two themes, each with three themes of their own, were identified from the analysis: finding a balance between hierarchical and egalitarian relationships and sharing of spaces. Youth and parents described different factors, including conual changes, generational gaps, peer pressure and lack of a father figures, as affecting their relationships with each other and sometimes creating conflicts between them. Both perceived themselves as active agents in contributing to family life after migrating to Sweden. In general, the youth expressed their emotional needs, the motivations desired from their parents and their desire to be equally treated as sons and daughters. Overall, this study demonstrates that there is a need to offer immigrant families culturally tailored parenting support programmes, thereby strengthening parent-child relationships.
【Author】 Fatumo Osman, Eva Randell, Abdikerim Mohamed, Emma Sorbring
【Keywords】 Dialectical processes, Immigrant, Parent-child relationship, Qualitative, Somali families
【Journal】 Journal of Child and Family Studies(IF:1.6) Time:2021-06-11
【DOI】 10.1007/s10826-021-01956-w [Quote]
【Link】 Article PDF
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