Parental involvement – Perceptions of parents and their adolescent children

Sekaran, Varalakshmi Chandra and Ashok, Lena and Kamath, Veena Ganesh and Kamath, Asha and Hegde, Asha P (2020) Parental involvement – Perceptions of parents and their adolescent children. The Indian Journal of Pediatrics, 87 (3). pp. 200-206. ISSN 0019-5456

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Objective: To explore the experiences of parents and their adolescent children, specifically the dimension of parental involvement in the lives of their adolescent children and how adolescents perceived it. Methods: Following informed consent, a total of nine families with 22 participants took part in the study including nine adolescents, aged between 14 and 16 y, and 13 parents. One-on-one in-depth interviews were conducted at their homes following informed consent. Following transcription, the data was coded and themes were identified using Atlas.ti software. A grounded theory approach was undertaken in analysing the data. Results: Two main themes were identified including perceptions of parental involvement in the lives of their adolescent children and family strategies to improve bonding. Adolescents’ concerns centered on reduced interaction time with their familymembers. Concerns were also raised over the adolescents’ increasing academic burden and parents particularly emphasized the increasing use of media and mobile technology by adolescents as deterrents to interaction. Though mothers functioned as primary caregivers, fathers also took on more active roles in the rearing of their children, stepping away from the traditionally viewed role of being a distant patriarchal provider. To improve interaction, parents devised creative strategies to increase time spent interacting with family members such as having dinner, performing household chores, playing games, or visiting places together. Conclusions: The increasing academic burden and access to digital media were perceived as factors leading to reduced interaction between the parent-adolescent dyad. Creative parenting strategies to increase interaction were sought as a solution.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Parental involvement; dimension; adolescents; communication.
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Community Medicine
Departments at MU > Public Health
Depositing User: KMC Library
Date Deposited: 26 Jun 2020 08:54
Last Modified: 26 Jun 2020 08:54

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