Use this URL to cite or link to this record in EThOS:
Title: Cystic fibrosis and family relationships : adolescent, parent and health-professional perspectives
Author: Whelan, Frieda
ISNI:       0000 0004 7654 0847
Awarding Body: University of Glasgow
Current Institution: University of Glasgow
Date of Award: 2018
Availability of Full Text:
Access from EThOS:
Access from Institution:
Objective: The aim of the present study was to explore the experiences of family relationships during adolescence from the perspective of adolescents with cystic fibrosis, family caregivers and health-professionals. Methods: In-depth semi-structured interviews were conducted with three adolescents with cystic fibrosis (aged 15-18), two mothers and two health-professionals. Results: Thematic analysis produced three themes, each with two sub-themes. Theme 1: family coping (using avoidant coping to manage the challenges of CF and the availability of support), theme 2: roles and boundaries (how these are adapted in families and the transition of these during adolescence), and theme 3: managing adolescence versus managing adolescents (adolescents balancing CF life with teen life and families balancing family and adolescent developmental tasks). Conclusions: Although the sample was small, results suggest the importance that each individual family’s psychological needs are understood and appropriate support offered if required. Support to initiate difficult conversations and interventions aimed at the whole family may help to manage the psychological distress that can occur during stressful times such as adolescence.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: BF Psychology