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Title: Experiences of parenting beyond the norm
Author: Gowling, Sarah
ISNI:       0000 0004 7657 8511
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2018
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This thesis focusses on issues surrounding parenting beyond the norm. This refers to experiences of parenting and being parented in situations which are not the 'typical'. The first chapter presents a systematic review of qualitative research which has been conducted looking at children and adult children's experience of having a parent with an alcohol problem. Thirteen papers were included in the review. Children described their lives as having been affected by their parent's alcohol problem through to adulthood; impacting on their emotional and psychological development. An adult child's ability to accept and move on from their early experiences are shown to be complex. These families are hard to reach and engage. Therefore, providing children with opportunities to talk to someone outside of the family is important. A critique of the papers included in this review is given and ideas for future research are suggested. Chapter two presents a qualitative research study into the experience mothers have during the early bonding period with twin infants. Six mothers of twins participated in semi-structured interviews. The study was informed and analysed using principles of Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. The findings of this study suggest the process of bonding with twins is complex, with mothers' experiences being driven by guilt, loss and a need to adapt. All the mothers felt they had bonded but that the process of bonding was different to what they had expected. Results are discussed in line with clinical and research implications. The final chapter is a reflective account of the experience the author had of conducting this research. The paper reflects on the experience of holding both 'insider' and 'outsider' positions, and on the discovery of parallel processes occurring for the author alongside the participants experiences. The meaning of, and the value of reflective practice to the author is also discussed.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID:  DOI: Not available
Keywords: BF Psychology ; HQ The family. Marriage. Woman